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K-State Today

February 8, 2021

Update on search for vice president for research

Submitted by Office of the President

Kansas State University is currently accepting applications and nominations for vice president for research. The university has engaged the services of WittKieffer, an executive search firm, to support the search committee with the process.

Reporting to the president and working in close collaboration with the provost, deans and center directors, the vice president for research serves as the university's chief research officer, providing leadership and expertise in fostering a campus environment that promotes collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts and produces high-quality research and scholarly work across the university's four campuses and nine colleges and various research centers.

In addition, the vice president for research provides leadership for the acquisition of research funding, the planning and development of academic research space, patenting, commercialization, the incubation of new companies and recruiting of corporate research partners and public outreach. The vice president for research will be a key leader in support of K-State's deep commitment to developing economic prosperity locally, regionally and across the state in fulfillment of its land-grant mission and in alignment with the Kansas Board of Regents plan, Building a Future: Higher Education's Commitment to Kansas Families, Businesses and the Economy.

The full position description, including required qualifications and the leadership profile, may be found on the president’s website. Inquiries, nominations and applications can be submitted through the WittKieffer candidate portal. For full consideration, application materials must be received by Feb. 19. Interviews are expected to take place in April, with an anticipated starting date of June 1.