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News release prepared by:  Kip Peterson, 785-296-3421 or kpeterson@ksbor.org.

Monday, June 7, 2010


(TOPEKA) -- Regents Affirm Joint Commitment of K-State & KU to the Big 12 Conference: Recognizing the success of Kansas State University (K-State) and the University of Kansas (KU) within the Big 12 Conference, Board of Regents' Chair Jill Docking, of Wichita, and Board of Regents' Vice Chair Gary Sherrer, of Overland Park, today issued the following joint statement:

"We are unwavering in our belief that the best course for K-State and KU is continued joint affiliation in the Big 12. The intra-conference rivalry between the Jayhawks and Wildcats is exciting for athletics fans both within the Sunflower state and nationwide. In addition, joint affiliation in the Big 12 fosters invaluable cooperation between our two universities when it comes to serving the academic needs of Kansans and the economic development needs of the state. Chancellor Gray-Little and President Schulz will continue to keep us apprised as Conference-related discussions continue, and we know our fellow Regents support their ongoing joint efforts to sustain and advance the Big 12."


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The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state's six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state's 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state's student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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