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|Dr. Prema Arasu is K-State
Olathe's new CEO and vice provost, succeeding Dr. Dan Richardson, who
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An infectious diseases researcher, veterinarian and leader in university
international engagement has been chosen to head Kansas State University's
presence in Greater Kansas City.
Dr. Prema Arasu is K-State Olathe's new
CEO and vice provost, succeeding Dr. Dan Richardson, who retired June
is incredibly fortunate to have found a new
leader whose background aligns so well with our purpose on the Olathe campus,"
President Kirk Schulz. "Scientific research, animal
health, graduate education and international linkages are a perfect combination
for our mission at K-State
Olathe. For example, the campus is home
to the U.S.-China
Center for Animal Health
Most recently, Arasu served as vice
provost of international programs at Washington State University, with oversight
of global services, global learning, international research and economic
development. Before joining Washington State, Arasu spent 15 years at North
Carolina State University, where she was director for global health initiatives,
associate vice provost for international academics and professor in the
department of comparative biomedical sciences.
"Our Olathe campus serves
as the front door of the university to Kansas City and the Animal Health
Corridor and our graduate education," said April Mason, K-State
provost and senior vice president. "With Prema Arasu leading the effort, we look
forward to delivering on the tremendous potential of this campus."
very excited about joining the team and expanding the
academic-corporate-government-community relationships through the Olathe campus
that advance K-State's
2025 goals," Arasu said.
published extensively in peer-reviewed and refereed journals such as the Journal
of Parasitology, and Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology. She conducted
postdoctoral research at New England Biolabs Inc., Harvard Medical
School/Massachusetts General Hospital and Cornell University. She also was a
science and technology policy congressional fellow of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science and served on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on
Health in 2002 and 2003.
Arasu earned a bachelor's degree in biology and
diploma of education from the National University of Malaysia, a master's degree
in food science from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Business
Administration from the University of North Carolina, a doctorate in
microbiology and immunology from Hahnemann University -- now Drexel University
-- and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.