A letter from Amy Button Renz: Thank you to the Schulz family
|Kansas State University
President Kirk Schulz, pictured with first lady Noel, is bidding farewell
to Manhattan, Kansas, and has accepted an offer to serve as the next
president of Washington State University. (Photo: Alexander's Fine
On March 25, President Kirk
Schulz announced to the Kansas State University campus that he accepted an offer
to serve as the next president of Washington State University.
I want to
take a moment to publicly express sincere appreciation to both Kirk and first
lady Noel for the support they have given to the Alumni Association and all
members of our Wildcat community since their arrival in 2009.
Noel have both fully supported our Alumni Association initiatives. They have
traveled and tweeted from around the world while attending hundreds of our
events to meet with members of the Wildcat family. Through their leadership and
personal involvement, they were able to help us strengthen the scholarship
programs coordinated through our Alumni Clubs and Wabash CannonBall events. It
was through their encouragement that we expanded our Kansas City Wabash
CannonBall to now include events in Denver and Houston. Through all of these
efforts, the Alumni Association is able to award more than $400,000 in student
scholarships annually. This would not have been possible without their support.
With Kirk’s assistance, we were able to work with state officials
to streamline the process for purchasing affinity license plates in Kansas. The
change helped us see growth in the license plate program coordinated by the
Alumni Association. Currently, we have more than 7,500 K-State license plates on
vehicles in Kansas, making it the No. 1 affinity plate in the state. Since the
license plate program began in 1997, we have raised more than $3 million for
student scholarships and recognition.
The Schulzes have been
tremendous advocates of alumni relations, and we deeply appreciate their
immediate commitment to expanding alumni engagement worldwide. The impact felt
through their enthusiastic commitment to our programs was impressive as event
attendance grew from approximately 60,000 to more than 100,000 these past seven
Kirk and Noel made a significant impact on our K-State
family by helping alumni and friends feel even more connected to the university,
and they leave a legacy of success university-wide. I often share with alumni
colleagues what a privilege it has been to work with a university president who
truly understands the value of the relationships created through alumni
Of course, their reach went well beyond Alumni
Association programs. Through Kirk’s visionary leadership, we have watched our
multi-campus university grow in many ways. Enrollment at K-State continued to
increase, reaching a record level of 24,766 in fall 2014, and the most diverse
student body in university history in fall 2015.
In planning for
the future, he encouraged K-Staters to set the bar high with a goal to be
recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 public research universities by 2025.
The plan, K-State 2025, is a roadmap to help us get there and has become a
rallying point for all to support.
A significant recognition of K-State’s
research capability came in February when it was announced that K-State achieved
the “highest research activity” and high undergraduate enrollment profile
classification by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher
On behalf of the K-State Alumni
Association, I would like to wish Kirk, Noel, Tim, Tricia and Andrew all the
best and say thank you for all they have done for us. We will always have many
great memories of the Schulz family at K-State!
In searching for the next
president, the Kansas Board of Regents named Regent Dennis Mullin of Manhattan
as chair of the Kansas State University Presidential Search Committee. The
committee’s membership and charge for the closed search will be finalized in the
coming weeks, and the Regents will review candidates and name an interim
president in the near future.
We will keep you posted
through our newsletter, emails and social media.
President and CEO
K-State Alumni Association