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Sources: Sue Peterson, 785-532-6221, and Kent Glasscock, 785-532-3900
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Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The newly formed transition team announced today by Governor-elect Sam Brownback includes two Kansas State University staff members.

Kent Glasscock, president of the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization, and Susan Peterson, director of governmental relations, will work on the governor's transition team. Both will retain their positions at K-State and return when the transition team responsibilities end this year.

K-State President Kirk Schulz said, "I am very proud that two key K-State staff members have been named by Governor-elect Brownback to shape his administration and plans for the future of Kansas."

"Creating broad prosperity from the midst of today's frustrating economic uncertainty is the first order of business for the new administration," Glasscock said. "I look forward to assisting the governor-elect in every possible way to initially advance his critically important 'grow Kansas' agenda."

"This is the second governor's transition team I have served on, and I am honored that Governor-elect Brownback has asked me to serve in this capacity as he plans for his administration," Peterson said.

A veteran of private business, Glasscock serves as chairman and CEO of the family retail lumber and construction businesses operating in Missouri, Iowa and Kansas. Prior to joining K-State, Glasscock served for 16 years in local and state public service, as majority leader and then speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives before retiring in 2003 to become president of the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization, NISTAC. In that role he is focused on making the organization a national leader in knowledge-based economic development. NISTAC holds the world's largest portfolio of donated corporate patents. Nearly one-half of this portfolio is licensed into the private sector and now produces annual global sales surpassing $50 million.

Peterson serves as assistant to the president and director of governmental relations, a post she has held since August 1989. She holds a bachelor's degree and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University, and a master's degree from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Association of Public Universities Council on Government Relations and the Big 12 Council of University Governmental Relations Officers. At K-State she chairs the University Committee on Governmental Issues; and she is a member of the board of directors of NISTAC, Women of K-State Steering Committee and the Leadership Advancement Council. She is a Leadership Kansas alumna and has been selected for the 2010-11 Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series.