The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the Alumni Association, the President's Office and the Deans' Council, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers.

Since 1983, the program has brought successful alumni back to campus to meet with students and faculty and to share their expertise in the classroom and at informal settings.

Fellows are chosen by each college to return as distinguished guests and as mentors, friends and counselors. They are honored in recognition of the ultimate measure of a university – not curricula, facilities or programs, but the quality of its alumni.


Meet our 2023 Fellows below:

Hayden Wands

College of Agriculture
Hayden Wands '82

Vice president of global procurement, commodities
Grupo Bimbo
Mexico City, Mexico

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Louis A. Meilink Jr.

College of Architecture, Planning and Design
Louis A. Meilink Jr., FAIA, FACHA '87

Senior principal
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Graham Garlinghouse

College of Arts and Sciences
Graham Garlinghouse '09

Chief operating officer
Covac Global
Columbia, South Carolina

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Martin Spartz

College of Arts and Sciences
Martin Spartz '90

Senior director, gas analysis R&D
Thermo Fisher Scientific
East Windsor, Connecticut

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Jerry DeVault

College of Business Administration
Jerry DeVault '85

Retired partner
Sedalia, Colorado

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Marilyn M. Cuch

College of Education
Marilyn M. Cuch '95, '97

Senior lecturer/director of the undergraduate secondary education program
Utah State University
Roosevelt, Utah

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Kimberly Gerard

Carl R. Ice College of Engineering
Kimberly Gerard '82, '84

Founder and CEO
360 Electrical LLC
Yuma, Arizona

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Jesse D. Galvan

Global Campus
Colonel (Ret) Jesse D. Galvan '88, '01

Director, protective force operations and training
Northern New Mexico Integrated Security
Los Alamos, New Mexico

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Kamesh Reddy Sirigireddy

Graduate School
Kamesh Reddy Sirigireddy '03, '08

Director, Vaccine Development
Merck Animal Health
Ames, Iowa

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Marc Shaffer

College of Health and Human Sciences
Marc Shaffer '05

Certified financial planner professional, CFO
Searcy Financial Services Inc.
Overland Park, Kansas

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Brian Youngers

College of Technology and Aviation
Brian Youngers '05

Ad Astra Flight Group
Wichita, Kansas

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Jay Merriam D.V.M., M.S.

College of Veterinary Medicine
Jay Merriam, D.V.M., M.S. '67, '69

Equine veterinarian
The Equitarian Initiative
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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View a list of past Alumni Fellows.