2016 Presidential Position Profile
Arts, Entertainment, and a University Culture of Excellence
One of the region's most popular cultural venues is McCain Auditorium, the campus cultural center for live performing arts. McCain has a rich history of bringing world-class experiences to northeastern Kansas through the annual McCain Performance Series.
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is another cultural centerpiece of the university. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Beach Museum comprises a permanent collection of 7,000-plus works of art, with emphasis on the art of Kansas and the region. The museum hosts a year-round calendar of critically acclaimed temporary exhibitions and educational programs.
The prestigious Landon Lecture Series, also a perennial favorite on the calendar, has drawn seven U.S. presidents, world leaders, CEOs and many other prominent figures.
Additionally, the Kansas State University Wildcats are members of the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference, offering 16 varsity sports and state-of-the-art athletic facilities. In the 2015 academic year, the university counted an outstanding 22 All-American, 35 All-Big 12 and 125 Academic All-Big 12 selections. Additionally, the Wildcats recorded Big 12-leading APR scores in five sports: football, men's golf, volleyball, and both men's and women's cross country.
As one of just 65 members of the five NCAA autonomous conferences, K-State Athletics operates with a vision of being a "Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program" and has gained national recognition for transparency and fiscal responsibility. Thanks to Ahearn Fund members in 50 states, $210 million in facility upgrades have been completed since 2011, including the Vanier Family Football Complex and West Stadium Center, Ice Family Basketball Center, Intercollegiate Rowing Center, Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, and a new soccer competition/football facility, all privately funded with no state, university or tuition dollars.
With season ticket holders hailing from 46 states, K-State Athletics provides an important link to K-State's nationally distributed alumni base and is a critical partner in the economic development of Manhattan and the state of Kansas.