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KSU hosting Big 12 provosts

By The Mercury

Kansas State University will host provosts from Big 12 universities Sunday and Monday.

The provosts will visit K-State for the first time since a conference reorganization added Texas Christian University and West Virginia University. Big 12 provosts meet at a member institution twice annually, once in the spring and once in the fall, to discuss key issues in higher education and common areas of interest. 

“We are excited to host provosts from the Big 12,” said April Mason, K-State’s provost and senior vice president. “As the academic leaders of our institutions, we have the chance to learn from one another, explore challenging issues facing higher education and work together to create partnerships across campuses.”

On Sunday, the provosts will visit the Konza Prairie Biological Station, a tallgrass prairie ecological research site, and go on a guided tour of the prairie with faculty from the Division of Biology. A dinner and reception will be held at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

On Monday, provosts will tour the Grain Science and Industry Complex, home of the International Grains Program that educates foreign business leaders and government officials about U.S. grains and oilseeds. 

The meetings provide an opportunity for host universities to showcase their campus and for visiting chief academic officers to learn about the hosting institution. 

After the formal meetings conclude, provosts can tour campus facilities such as the Biosecurity Research Institute and Beach Museum of Art.

Big 12 schools include Baylor, Iowa State , the University of Kansas, Kansas State, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, the University of Texas, Texas Christian, Texas Tech and West Virginia .

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