K-State celebrates legacy of Myra Gordon, retiring associate provost for diversity 

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Myra Gordon, Kansas State University’s associate provost for diversity, is retiring at the end of the fall 2015 semester. (Photo: David Mayes '96)

Adinkrahene is known as the West African symbol of greatness and charisma and signifies the importance of playing a leadership role. It’s an appropriate symbol for Myra Gordon, Kansas State University’s associate provost for diversity, who has guided the university in strengthening its international and multicultural outreach. 

Gordon has announced her retirement at the end of the fall 2015 semester. To honor her contributions, the K-State Alumni Association hosted Adinkrahene: A Celebration of the Leadership of Dr. Myra E. Gordon in conjunction with the 2015 Black Alumni/Greek Reunion in November. The program included a video reflection, alumni and student remarks and a presentation of gifts. 

"Dr. Gordon will leave a lasting legacy at K-State," President Kirk Schulz said. "Her leadership has resulted in significant progress and the most diverse student body ever for the university. We greatly appreciate her tireless efforts."

Gordon, who joined Kansas State University in 2002, has led the university's award-winning recruitment and retention programs that target multicultural students, faculty and staff, as well as collaborative efforts with colleges, departments and units, external constituency groups and national organizations focused on enhancing diversity. Gordon also served as chair of the President's Commission on Multicultural Affairs as well as adviser to the Black Student Union. Her campus leadership has been visible in many forms.

Successful diversity initiatives have included Project IMPACT, which is a best-practice pipeline of programs to recruit, graduate and place record numbers of multicultural students in agriculture, business and engineering fields; Diversity Summits and MLK Observances, which bring all campus groups together to grow in cultural competence and to celebrate cultural diversity; and Well-Made Leadership Programs, which target first-generation multicultural students in the eight most challenged counties in Kansas. 


The K-State Alumni Association hosted Adinkrahene: A Celebration of the Leadership of Dr. Myra E. Gordon as part of the 2015 Black Alumni/Greek Reunion in November. (Photo: David Mayes '96)
K-State was recognized last year with three national awards for commitment to diversity and inclusion. These awards included the Insight into Diversity Inc. HEED award presented annually to U.S. colleges and institutions based on the excellence of initiatives addressing all aspects of diversity. K-State also received the award in 2015. 

While Gordon’s absence will certainly be felt at K-State, university officials plan to continue her legacy of celebrating and promoting diversity on campus.

"Diversity is essential to education and is something we will continue to fully embrace at K-State," Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason said. "It also is a crucial component of our 2025 strategic plan, and this leadership position is important to ensuring continued progress."

Sponsors for “Adinkrahene: A Celebration of the Leadership of Dr. Myra E. Gordon” were the K-State Alumni Association, Multicultural Alumni Council and K-State Black Student Union. Black Alumni/Greek Reunion sponsors were the K-State Alumni Association, Multicultural Alumni Council and K-State Office of Diversity. View more photos of the Adinkrahene celebration and the Black Alumni/Greek Reunion
 

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