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Schulz, K-State shine together

President’s honor a reflection on university

By The Mercury

Way to go, President Schulz! Congratula-tions on an outstanding report card from the Council for the Advance-ment and Support of Education.

Better known as CASE, the council chose well in honoring KSU President Kirk Schulz with its annual Chief Executive Leadership Award. As a story in Monday’s Mercury explained, the award recognizes the leadership of a higher education president or chancellor who has demonstrated the ability to create a vision and inspire others.

President Schulz hasn’t merely done those things. He’s specialized in them.

The selection committee was right to have been impressed with the initiatives associated with President Schulz since he became KSU’s president in 2009.

President Schulz’s signature project, the K-State 2025 plan, is an all-encompassing drive whose purpose is to elevate Kansas State University to a Top 50 public university by the year 2025. And even before outlining that vision, he strove to unify campus communications through a strategy called One K-State, One Voice. To his credit, he also has gone to considerable lengths to keep in touch with students, faculty and alumni as well as political, business and civic leaders in our community and statewide.

In just three-plus years, President Schulz also has enhanced an already positive image for KSU established by his predecessors, bolstered the university’s already impressive image in the community, fostered innovation among university employees and — essential in a competitive higher education field — actively supported advancement.

President Schulz, the university’s 13th chief executive, has presided over a succession of record enrollments and the opening of a graduate level campus in Olathe. Also in his brief tenure, KSU has attracted to the faculty the university’s first National Academy of Sciences member and opened a recruitment office in Vietnam. In addition, greater athletics transparency — and success in competitive athletic endeavors — has contributed to the doubling of athletic contributions in three years. That’s a development that sets the stage for even greater success.

As Kent Bradley, board chairman of the K-State Alumni Association, said, President Schulz “is passionate about Kansas State University and gives tirelessly to actively support the advancement of the university.” It is Mr. Bradley who nominated President Schulz for the honor.

It is fitting that this honor for Kansas State University’s president doubles as yet another triumph for an increasingly distinguished university.

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