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University Distinguished Professors

The title of University Distinguished Professor is a lifetime title that represents the highest honor Kansas State University can bestow on its faculty, an award that recognizes those making outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and service to their professions and communities.

Learn more about the selection criteria, officers, and guidelines for appointment.

Stefan BossmannChemistry2019
Keith GidoBiology2019
Kimberly KirkpatrickPsychological Sciences2019
C. Michael SmithEntomology2019
Uwe ThummPhysics2019
Mary Beth KirkhamAgronomy2018
David PooleKinesiology, and Anatomy and Physiology2018
James SherowHistory2018
Phillip KlebbaBiochemistry and Molecular Biophysics2017
Timothy MuschKinesiology and Anatomy and Physiology2017
Anil PahwaElectrical and Computer Engineering2017
Yan Soibelman
Kun Yan ZhuEntomology2017
Vara PrasadAgronomy2016
Bharat RatraPhysics2016
Wayne GoinsSchool of Music, Theatre, and Dance2015
Douglas McGregorMechanical and Nuclear Engineering2015
Sandra StithFamily Studies and Human Services2014
Bhadriraju SubramanyamGrain Science and Industry2014
Yolanda Broyles-GonzálezAmerican Ethnic Studies2013
James EdgarChemical Engineering2013
Stephen HiggsBiosecurity Research Institute2013
Ryszard JankowiakChemistry2013
Philip NelEnglish2013
Mike TokachAnimal Sciences Industry2013
Christer AakeroyChemistry2012
Itzik Ben-ItzhakPhysics2012
Susan BrownBiology2012
Ruth WeltiBiology2012
Michael DrydenDiagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology2011
Brett EsryPhysics2011
John HatcliffComputing and Information Sciences2011
John LesliePlant Pathology2011
Xiuzhi (Susan) SunGrain Science and Industry2011


Elizabeth DoddEnglish2010
Anthony JoernBiology2010
Walter K. DoddsBiology2009
Charles W. RiceAgronomy2009
Edgar Chambers IVHuman Nutrition2008
T.G. NagarajaDiagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology2008
Juergen A. RichtRegents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology2008
Duy HuaChemistry2007
John M. BlairBiology2006


Michael R. KanostBiochemistry2005
David C. HartnettBiology2004
Yoshiro IkedaArt2004 (Deceased)
Ted SchroederAgricultural Economics2004
M.M. ChengappaDiagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology2003
David A. SchmidtComputing and Information Sciences2003
Barbara ValentPlant Pathology2002
Frank BlechaAnatomy and Physiology2001


Rob DenellBiology2000 (Deceased)
Christopher M. SorensenPhysics2000
Brian S. SpoonerBiology1999
E. Wayne NafzigerEconomics1999 (Deceased)
Gary W. ConradBiology1998
Bikram S. GillPlant Pathology1997


Before 1995
Chii-Dong LinPhysics1990
Kenneth KlabundeChemistry1988 (Deceased)
L.T. FanChemical Engineering1987 (Deceased)


Honorary University Distinguished Professors

James R. CoffmanClinical Sciences2004
Timothy R. DonoghuePhysics2004 (Deceased)


Distinguished Professors Emeritus

Nancy Monteiro-RiviereAnatomy and Physiology2013
Jim RiviereAnatomy and Physiology2013
Philine WangemannAnatomy and Physiology2008
Dale HerspringPolitical Science2007
Subbaratnam MuthukrishnanBiochemistry2007
Daniel MarcusAnatomy and Physiology2006
Richard A. MarstonGeography2006
Harald E.L PrinsAnthropology2005
James ShanteauPsychology2005
Robert D. LinderHistory2003
S. Lillian KremerEnglish2002 (Deceased)
Thomas E. RocheBiochemistry2002
David LittrellMusic2001
Talat RahmanPhysics2001
Larry TakemotoBiology2001
Dean ZollmanPhysics2001
Gary W. ConradBiology1998
C. Lewis CockePhysics1998
Peter M.A. SherwoodChemistry1997
John J. IandoloPathology and Microbiology1994
James L. MarsdenRegents Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences1994
Neville W. (Bill) ReayPhysics1993
Michael W. SuleimanPolitical Science1990 (Deceased)
William FateleyChemistry1989 (Deceased)
Norman J. FedderSpeech Communications, Theatre and Dance1989
Terry C. JohnsonBiology1989 (Deceased)
Jonathan HoldenEnglish1988
Patrick RichardCortelyou-Rust Distinguished Professor of Physics1988
Sadahiro SaekiMathematics1988
David LeithRegents Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pathology1987
Donald SetserChemistry1987
Richard ConsigliBiology1985 (Deceased)
Kenneth HoytEducation1984 (Deceased)
Ernest E. ShultRegents Distinguished Professor of Mathematics1974
Dudley WilliamsRegents Distinguished Professor of Physics1964 (Deceased)