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K-State Today

November 17, 2021

Internal search underway for interim vice president of communications and marketing

Submitted by Office of the President

President Richard Myers announces a search for the interim vice president of communications and marketing, or VPCM. This will be an internal search open to current and qualified employees of Kansas State University. The anticipated start date is Jan. 9, 2022.

The interim VPCM will take over leadership for Jeff Morris, who is retiring effective March 19, 2022. A national search will be conducted later for the permanent vice president with more details on that search to be announced in the future.

The interim VPCM reports directly to the president, serves on the president's cabinet and is the senior communications advisor to university leadership. The interim VPCM leads collaborative efforts to create and manage a unified, institutional brand strategy for the university and university-level presence in all media. The interim VPCM defines creative strategy at the university level and drives alignment with campuses, colleges, departments and other major units.

In addition, the interim VPCM will lead the internal strategic communications team to provide reputation management, crisis communications and proactive public relations efforts. This includes primary responsibility for internal communications at the institutional level. The interim VPCM will also maintain strategic relationships with external communications partners, including K-State Athletics, K-State Alumni Association, KSU Foundation, Kansas Board of Regents and other key constituents

Application process:

The position is only open to current K-State employees. To apply and learn more about this position, visit the K-State Careers page and click on the "Internal" button and then click on the "Interim Vice President Communications and Marketing" link. All applications must be submitted online via the application tracking system for review; please do not email applications. In your application materials, please include the following:

  • A letter of interest describing relevant job experience as it relates to the listed job qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

The search committee will accept applications through Nov. 24. Search committee members include President Richard B. Myers, Shanna Legleiter, associate vice president for Human Capital Services; Amy Button-Renz, president and chief executive officer of the K-State Alumni Association; and Jeff Morris, vice president of communications and marketing.

Application for the position of or appointment as interim VPCM will not preclude an individual from consideration for the permanent position. If you have questions about the search, please contact Kellie Wilson in Human Capital Services at kelliewilson@k-state.edu