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K-State Today

March 28, 2024

Guest speaker: John Gardner presents on the transfer student experience

Submitted by Alexandria J. Wilson

John Gardner, a subject matter expert in issues concerning transfer students, will present this year's Chester E. Peters Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gardner will present "A Mea Culpa for The Transfer Student Experience (and the Graduate Student Experience!)" at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

Gardner and his wife, Betsy O. Barefoot, founded the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education in 1999, where he serves as executive chair. He has published books, book chapters and articles on various aspects of college student success.

Gardner earned a bachelor's degree in social sciences from Marietta College in 1965 and a master's degree in American studies from Purdue University in 1966. A self-described "child of the '60s," Gardner served in the United States Air Force from 1966-68. Over the span of his career as a faculty member and administrator in higher education and beyond, Gardner has been bestowed with more than 10 honorary doctoral degrees and numerous awards.

Kansas State University, in cooperation with the College of Education, named the lecture series after Chet Peters in recognition of his contributions to K-State students and the student affairs profession. Since its inception in 1983, the series has hosted several prominent professionals in student affairs.

The Chet Peters lecture series is hosted by the Higher Education Student Association, HESA. 

"Having the opportunity to provide timely and relevant education to the professionals of our campus has been the driving mission of HESA," said member Alexandria Wilson. "As the K-State campus continues to prioritize the goals of the Next-Gen strategic plan, HESA felt that Dr. Gardner's expertise on transfer students would be a optimal choice."