Alumni influence higher education

K-State Alumni Communications

Two Kansas State University alumni are making an impact on higher education in the state. 

The Kansas Board of Regents has appointed Blake Flanders, class of 1986, as the next president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, beginning July 1, and also appointed Jacqueline Vietti, class of 1970, as interim president at Emporia State University, beginning June 1. The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions.

 Blake Flanders

Blake Flanders (Photo: Kansas Board of Regents)

Blake Flanders graduated from K-State in 1986, earning a Bachelor of Science in animal science. He also earned a Master of Science in animal science in 1989, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction in 2004. 

Flanders, who is the vice president of workforce development for the Kansas Board of Regents, also has served as a state leader for issues involving the role of the Kansas postsecondary education system in the development of an educated workforce that aligns with the needs of the Kansas economy. His scope of responsibility has included developing a policy agenda for postsecondary technical education, curriculum and program evaluation, system funding, benchmarks and accountability, and the management of federal initiatives.

"Dr. Flanders is a man of Kansas, with great accomplishments," said Kenny Wilk, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents. "He will provide continuity and stability as we continue to move higher education forward in Kansas."
 Jacqueline Vietti

Jacqueline Vietti (Photo: Kansas Board of Regents)

Jacqueline Vietti graduated from Kansas State University in 1970, earning a Bachelor of Science in biological science. In 1991, she received her Doctorate of Philosophy in adult and occupational education from K-State.

Vietti has worked in public higher education for more than 35 years, providing direction and leadership for community colleges and higher education systems in Kansas and Missouri and the 19 state region of the Higher Learning Commission. For more than 17 years, she served as president of Butler Community College, the second largest public community college in the state, retiring in 2012. 

“The board is delighted to have Dr. Vietti serve in this critical role and know she will do the best for Emporia State University and the entire Emporia community while we search for the university’s next president,” Wilk said.

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