MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State Athletics Director Bob Krause announced his resignation Tuesday to accept the position of Director of Development for the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, effective March 31, 2009.
Krause, who was named the department’s 14th director of athletics on April 4, 2008, has served Kansas State for 23 years and will continue to do so in his new role, assigned by President Jon Wefald.
“For almost a year now, I have worked with the Athletics Department since this has been a high priority for the University as it makes a transition of leadership in the President’s office,” Krause said. “I believe the department is in very good shape. We have excellent coaches in place at all levels. The restructuring of administrative responsibilities have our resources aligned with the goals of positioning our teams to compete for championships – the senior staff has a wealth of experience and effective internal and external working relationships. Moreover, the Wildcat Victory campaign has close to $6 million committed and the expansion project is well underway. The budget is balanced and the three-year financing plan should allow the department to have stability and achieve its goals.”
“Getting the K-State Innovation Campus in Olathe and Johnson County is of the highest priority for the whole University,” Wefald added. “Now we need to step up our private fundraising efforts. Bob Krause is well known to many people in Johnson County and has worked closely for years with the Mayor of Olathe, its City Manager, City Commissioner and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce.”
In his new role, Krause will spear-head the fundraising efforts for the Olathe Innovation Campus, which has been in the planning and early development stages for 10 years. Krause, prior to his stint as athletics director, served as the school’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement where he focused his attention on ways to improve the attraction and retention of students; means by which the university can better assist Manhattan and the State of Kansas in the area of economic development through cooperative endeavors with local and state agencies; and ways to expand public awareness regarding the value society receives from the teaching, research and service provided by K-State faculty.
“Over the last 10 years we have worked hard to establish a campus in the Kansas City area related to developing food safety and security as the University’s top academic and research priority,” Krause added. “We now have the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, a leading edge commercialization and economic development arm in NISTAC and NBAF. The Johnson County Educational Research Triangle funding will assure the construction of the first building on the KOIC Campus. There is, however, a gap in securing the private funding and investment by corporate partners in building the rest of the campus, and I enthusiastically look forward to this new assignment.”
Wefald also said that current Deputy Athletics Director Jim Epps will serve as the Interim Athletics Director, beginning March 31, until a new athletics director is chosen by the next Kansas State University President.
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