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Sources: April Mason, 785-532-6224,; Ruth Dyer, 785-532-4041,
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News release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-6415,

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Ruth Dyer has been appointed senior vice provost at Kansas State University. She served as K-State's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs from June 15, 2009, when Duane Nellis left K-State to become president at the University of Idaho, until the appointment of April Mason as K-State's provost and senior vice president in December.
Dyer's appointment was announced today by K-State Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason. "Ruth Dyer is a hard working and extremely effective administrator at K-State," Mason said. "With many challenges facing the university it will be an advantage to K-State to have Dr. Dyer in this post."

As a K-State associate provost since 2004, Dyer has overseen K-State's offices of planning and analysis, assessment and summer school. She also coordinates the university's mentoring program for women and minorities in the sciences and engineering, and coordinates academic initiatives with the Kansas Board of Regents. Before being promoted to associate provost, Dyer served as assistant provost from 2000-2004.

In addition, Dyer is a professor in K-State's department of electrical and computer engineering. She was promoted to full professor in 1997.

As an investigator for university wide research projects, Dyer has been involved in numerous ongoing grants and proposals for engagement and outreach that have totaled almost $5 million. Since 2000, she also has managed the expansion and maintenance of K-State's many technology classrooms.

She is a Fellow of the IEEE, formerly known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has been a member since 1986. The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession and is conferred by the IEEE board of directors upon senior members who have demonstrated an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
Dyer also was one of seven individuals from across the nation to be named a Fellow of the Association of Women in Sciences in 2006. She has been honored several times for her excellence in teaching and received K-State's Entrepreneurship Support Award in 2009. She was an American Council on Education -- ACE -- Fellow in 2003-2004 and served during that year at The Ohio State University.

Dyer earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1980. Her bachelor's and master's degrees in biochemistry are from K-State. She joined K-State in 1983.