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K-State Today

September 10, 2015



University and Fort Riley to renew partnership at signing ceremony

By Division of Communications and Marketing

On Thursday, Sep. 17, Kansas State University will renew its seven-years-and-counting university-to-military community partnership with the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley at the K-State-Fort Riley Partnership Renewal Business Meeting.

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz and Fort Riley's Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby will renew the institutional partnership in an on-campus ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. Sep. 17 in the Tadtman Boardroom at the K-State Alumni Center. The two leaders will meet and briefly discuss the partnership before signing a resolution. Several university administrators and a majority of the Fort Riley leaders will attend the ceremony, which marks the fifth partnership renewal between both institutions.

In April 2008, former university president Jon Wefald and former 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general Maj. Gen. Robert E. Durbin established a formal institutional partnership between Kansas State University and the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. The agreement was designed to serve as a model military-to-university community partnership. It is the first and only comprehensive partnership of this nature.

"K-State's partnership has been and will remain the flagship program of our expanding military and veterans enterprise," said retired Army Lt. Col. Art DeGroat, executive director of military and veterans affairs at Kansas State University and lead agent for the program. "Collectively, this partnership advances K-State 2025 and Fort Riley 2020 strategic goals. Individually, it is enhancing our peoples' lives — both in the military and in our campus community."