April 16, 2015
Kansas Board of Regents April 15 meeting university updates
The monthly Kansas Board of Regents meeting on April 15 included several items related to Kansas State University.
President Kirk Schulz provided a handout about the Association of University Technology Managers, or AUTM, Animal Health & Nutrition Technologies Partnering Forum Sept. 1-2 in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas State University and Auburn University are hosting the event, which will involve discussion and networking opportunities for the animal health and nutrition sectors.
Students' Advisory Committee
Student body president Reagan Kays gave the Students' Advisory Committee report. He reported that three student senates have passed resolutions against religious freedom legislation recently proposed in the Kansas Legislature. He also discussed the state's proposed tuition freeze and the state's proposed changes to the Kansas Comprehensive Grant program. He reported that the Lifeline 911 bill passed the Kansas Senate 34-5.
Regents President and CEO
Andy Tompkins, President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, announced his retirement. Tompkins has been the president and CEO since 2010 and has spent 46 years in public service in education.
Blake Flanders, was named the new president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, beginning July 1. Flanders is the Regents' vice president for workforce development. Flanders has three degrees from Kansas State University: a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in animal science and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction.
Kansas State University Honorary Degree
The Regents approved a request by President Kirk Schulz to grant an honorary doctorate to Nancy Landon Kassebaum at the university's spring 2015 Graduate School commencement ceremony.