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K-State Today

August 9, 2017

A letter from President Richard Myers

Submitted by President Richard Myers

Dear K-Staters,

As I accept April Mason's letter of resignation as Kansas State University's provost and senior vice president, I thank her for valuable leadership in higher education and service to the university since January 2010.

April is passionate about the future of higher education not just at Kansas State University but internationally. She has represented K-State well, serving in many leadership positions with national organizations, such as Association of Chief Academic Officers, an affiliate organization of the American Council on Education, and Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

Under April's guidance and fortitude, Kansas State University has made great strides toward becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025. She was a key influencer in establishing the K-State 2025 themes and maintaining momentum during leadership transitions at the university. Serving under two presidents and many regents, she has helped develop, review and operationalize several policies and goals strengthening Kansas State University's instruction, research and outreach programs.

April has been responsible for all undergraduate and graduate academic programs on all four of K-State's campuses, including oversight of the university's nine academic colleges, many offices and several university services. She has successfully worked with university-affiliated organizations to highlight Kansas State University's many accomplishments across disciplines.

To recognize and celebrate the work of K-State students and faculty, April helped start many K-State programs, including a reception for newly hired faculty, a recognition event for newly tenured and promoted faculty, an all-university faculty awards reception and an academic convocation ceremony for new students.

As we start the process of appointing a search committee to fill this vacancy, I'm sure the university community will join me in thanking April Mason and wishing her all the best. April has been a tremendous colleague and I've very much enjoyed working with her. Her talents and dedication will be missed at Kansas State University.


Richard B. Myers
Kansas State University