The Board of Regents of Kansas State University (K-State) announced today that U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers (Ret.), interim university president since April, has been officially appointed the 14th president of the university.
Myers served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005. As the nation’s highest ranking military officer, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council.
In a statement on the K-State website, Myers said, “I am honored to continue to serve this great university, and I am committed to collaboratively moving Kansas State forward with the help of the university community. We have a lot to be proud of and maybe even more to be excited about, and I hope to continue that positive momentum as we move forward.”
In commenting on the high quality of applicants for the position, Dennis Mullin, chair of the K-State Presidential Search Committee said, “General Myers surfaced to the top because of his strong leadership and vision. When the Board looked at the needs of K-State today, they believed that his skill set was aligned closely to those goals. His effectiveness as Interim President and his love for K-State were also great attributes.”
A native of Merriam, Kansas, Myers joined the Air Force in 1965 through K-State’s ROTC program. His education background includes K-State (Bachelor’s), Auburn University (Master’s), Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks and John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.