pieces of news really stand out at KSU in 2008.
May, President Jon Wefald announced that he would retire at the end of the
When he retires his time as KSU’s President will
span 23 years.
He is credited with transforming KSU into a
nationally ranked top 10 land grant university.
Under his leadership enrollment
has increased, private giving has increased, and competitive research awards
have increased. A
search was done in the fall of 2008 and the 13th President of KSU will be
He comes to us from Mississippi State University
where he was vice president for research and economic development.
The tornado of June 2008 that touched
down in several places in Manhattan destroyed homes in Manhattan and did
significant damage on campus.
Fortunately the tornado moved through the city
and campus very late in the evening when few people were around and there
were no fatalities reported anywhere in Manhattan. Significant damage was
done to Weber Hall,
the Engineering complex, Waters Hall, Call Hall, Cardwell Hall and Ward
Hall, and the Wind Erosion lab was destroyed.
In Cardwell where Physics is located, windows
were blown out, the roof was damaged and the line of trees northeast of
Cardwell was pretty much removed.
Towards the end of 2008 we began to
learn that budgets are being cut – this of course came as no surprise!
The unusual thing is that they are being cut in
mid fiscal year due to the difficult financial climate in Kansas and
throughout the US.
It will be a challenge to maintain the high
quality of teaching and research but faculty and staff feel they are up to
Still there is good news.
A few weeks ago K-State was selected as the
preferred site for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF).
This will be a half billion dollar animal health
facility and it is expected that this facility will be the best in the
Kansas State Director of Athletics Bob Krause announced earlier this year that Ron Prince will not return as the school’s head football coach for the 2009 season. Bill Snyder, the architect of the greatest turnaround in the history of college football during his previous tenure at Kansas State, was named the Wildcats’ 34th head football coach.