Retired U.S. Air Force general to serve as interim K-State president; vice president for research and dean of the College of Business Administration also announced 

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Richard B. Myers '65, retired U.S. Air Force general, will serve as the interim president of Kansas State University. (Courtesy photo)

Several new leaders at Kansas State University have been selected to help guide the university forward. Richard B. Myers, retired U.S. Air Force general and 1965 K-State graduate, will serve as the university's interim president, the Kansas Board of Regents announced in April. The university also announced Peter K. Dorhout as vice president for research and Kevin Gwinner as dean of the College of Business Administration.

Myers will succeed current President Kirk Schulz, who announced March 25 that he had accepted the president's position at Washington State University. Myers is a former KSU Foundation chair and has served on the K-State Alumni Association board of directors. He and his wife, Mary Jo ’64, both serve as co-chairs of Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University.

Myers is a retired four-star general in the U.S. Air Force and served as the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005. As chairman, Myers was the highest ranking uniformed officer of the U.S. military forces and served as the principal military adviser to the president, secretary of defense and National Security Council. The university's Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall, home to the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs, is named in his honor.

“Gen. Myers is not only a recognized leader throughout the nation for his military service and former post as chairman for the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, he is one of the most passionate and devoted advocates for K-State and higher education,” said Amy Button Renz ’76, ’86, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association.

Also in April, the Board of Regents appointed 20 individuals to assist and advise the Board in the selection of the next president of K-State. The search committee includes representation from K-State students, faculty, staff, athletics, alumni and the wider Manhattan, Kansas, community. Read more

 Peter K. Dorhout, vice president for research 

Peter K. Dorhout (Courtesy photo)
Following a national search, K-State named Peter K. Dorhout as vice president for research. Dorhout has served as the interim vice president for research since January. He will continue to lead the university’s research, scholarship, creative activities and discovery programs as they align with the goals of the K-State 2025 strategic plan. 

From 2012-15, Dorhout was dean of K-State's College of Arts and Sciences and was a professor of chemistry. He is recognized as an expert in solid state and nuclear materials science and environmental chemistry. He has published more than 115 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews, and has presented his research at more than 130 international and national invited lectures.

“There is such a diversity of strong talent and a rich history of outstanding research at Kansas State, and I am honored to be selected to lead us to the next level,” Dorhout said. “As a Top 50 public research university, K-State will offer not only new knowledge and new technologies to the people of Kansas, but will continue to educate and train students at all levels to have successful careers that impact our global challenges.”

 Kevin Gwinner, dean of the College of Business Administration

Kevin Gwinner (Courtesy photo)
Kevin Gwinner will continue momentum in K-State’s College of Business Administration as the Edgerley Family endowed dean. Serving as the interim dean since June 2015, Gwinner is the Jon Wefald chair of business leadership and served as head of the marketing department from July 2005 to June 2015.

Gwinner’s primary research expertise is in improving and managing service employee-customer interactions and corporate sporting event sponsorship. In 2005, Gwinner’s research on consumer relational benefits was recognized as the most influential article published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science in the previous seven years. He also won the Outstanding Research Paper Award for the best article published in the Journal of Service Research and the Commerce Bank Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. 

“This is an exciting time to be a part of the College of Business Administration,” Gwinner said. “We are moving into a state-of-the-art new building, growing our educational programs, and establishing outstanding career programs to help our students succeed. I am excited and honored to work with such an exceptional group of faculty, staff and alumni as we look to accelerate our forward momentum.”

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