The Second of Three Finalists to be on Campus Next Week

TOPEKA, Kan. - The second of three individuals selected as presidential finalists for Kansas State University (KSU) will visit Manhattan and the KSU campus next week.

The second finalist, Dr. Steve Ballard, and his wife, Nancy, will meet with campus and community groups on Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23. Dr. Ballard is currently the Chancellor of East Carolina University; a position he has held since 2004. He previously served as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate College at Bowling Green State University, and on the faculty of the University of Maine and the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Ballard earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University and a B.A. in History from the University of Arizona. His application letter and resume can be found on the KSU Presidential Search page on the Board’s website at the following link:

“The K-State Presidential Search Committee is certainly looking forward to having Steve and his wife Nancy on campus and in the Manhattan community next week,” said Nelson Galle of Manhattan, former-Regent and Chair of the KSU Presidential Search Committee.

The first presidential finalist visited KSU on January 15 and 16; the third will visit on January 26 and 27. Additional details regarding the third finalist will be released immediately prior to that individual’s visit.

In May, President Jon Wefald announced that he would retire at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year after what will be 23 years of service as KSU’s President. Shortly thereafter, the Board initiated the search process by selecting Galle to chair the search committee. In July, the Board selected the members of the search committee; 18 individuals representing KSU constituencies such as faculty, students, administration, staff, alumni/foundation, the Manhattan community, and the Board of Regents. The Search Committee began its work in August, and, following the visits by the three finalists, will submit to the Board of Regents an unranked list of the top candidates who are the most qualified for Board selection as President of KSU. The Board expects a new president to be designated early in 2009, to assume the presidency at KSU on or about July 1, 2009.

Additional search details can be found on the KSU Presidential Search page on the Board’s website at the following link: