Achieving athletic success wasn't the only focus at Kansas State University Monday.
KSU President Jon Wefald began his portion of a new conference introducing Bill Snyder as the new football coach by announcing KSU professor Michael Wesch was named the Carnegie Foundation National Professor of the Year for Doctoral Universities.
He's a cultural anthropologist and media ecologist.
“This is fantastic news for Vincent, and for the state of Kansas,” Brownback said in a statement. “I know that Vincent will take full advantage of all the opportunities that go along with a Rhodes Scholarship. I am certain that Vincent will make a great contribution to whatever field of study he pursues. We all wish him the very best.”
"K-State is about a committment to academic excellence," Wefald said at the Monday news conference. "We have a great faculty, an outstanding student body and we're doing very well."
Hofer is K-State's eighth Rhodes winner since 1986. Wesch is the third KSU professor to win the Carnegie award. Physics professor Chris Sorensen won just last year.