Schulz wins national award for executive leadership

By The Mercury

Kansas State University’s president has hauled in a national award for leadership.

Kirk Schulz was named Monday as recipient of the 2012 Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE. The award recognizes the leadership of a higher education chief executive officer who demonstrates the ability to create a vision and inspire others.

The award will be presented to Schulz on Dec. 11 at the council’s District V and VI joint conference in Chicago.

“I was so surprised to learn that I had been nominated for the council’s Chief Executive Leadership Award, and was even more surprised to learn that I had received it,” Schulz said. “According to the selection committee’s comments, they were thoroughly impressed with the initiatives started at Kansas State University and the strides we’ve made since I joined in 2009. Committee members were also enthused by the comprehensive K-State 2025 plan that will elevate Kansas State to a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”

According to the criteria used by the selection committee, Chief Executive Leadership Award recipients have established a positive image for the institution; increased the institution’s stature in the community; encouraged innovation among employees; and actively supported advancement.

“In less than four years at the helm, Kirk Schulz has made a significant impact on the university, building on and even surpassing accomplishments made by prior presidents with decades of experience in the position,” said Kent Bradley, K-State Alumni Association board chairman, who nominated Shultz for the award. Bradley said it is obvious that Shultz “is passionate about Kansas State University and gives tirelessly to actively support the advancement of the university.”

Schultz is best known for his advocacy of K-State 2025, an initiative designed to promote KSU as a Top 50 public research university.

Schulz began as the university’s 13th president in 2009. He has overseen record student enrollment every year; the opening of a new graduate-level campus in Olathe; a new era of athletics transparency that has fueled donor resurgence and doubled athletics contributions in three years; the opening of a recruitment office in Vietnam; and the recruitment of high-profile faculty and staff, including the first National Academy of Sciences member at the university.

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