Alumni Fellows

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 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 2022 Fellows below:

Justin Knopf

College of Agriculture
Justin Knopf '00

Knopf Farms
Gypsum, Kansas

Brian Diederich

College of Architecture, Planning and Design
Brian Diederich '94

Vice president - interior design
Wynn Design and Development
Las Vegas, Nevada

Mark Carlson

College of Arts and Sciences
Mark D. Carlson, MD, MA '77

Chief medical officer and senior vice president
Covanos, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

Nancy Siepman

College of Arts and Sciences
Nancy Siepman '81, '88

Head of ethics and compliance, R&D and Vaccine Business Unit - retired
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Barrington Hills, Illinois

Gene A. Buie Jr.

College of Education
G.A. Buie '96

Executive director
United School Administrators of Kansas 
Topeka, Kansas

Mark Nyquist

Carl R. Ice College of Engineering
Mark Nyquist '80

CEO - retired
DynaTen Corporation
Fort Worth, Texas

Jennifer McDonald

Global Campus
Jennifer McDonald '16

Founder and CEO
Jenny Dawn Cellars
Wichita, Kansas

Mary Gregoire

Graduate School
Dr. Mary B. Gregoire '85

Professor emeritus
Rush University
Chicago, Illinois

David Relling

College of Health and Human Sciences
David Relling, PT, Ph.D. '94

Associate dean for health sciences and professor of physical therapy
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota

David Delker

College of Technology and Aviation
David G. Delker '73

Associate dean and professor emeritus
Kansas State University College of Technology and Aviation
Salina, Kansas

Tolani Francisco

College of Veterinary Medicine
Tolani I. Francisco, DVM, MPH '90

Wild horse and burro coordinator
Owner, Native Healing
Albuquerque and Laguna, New Mexico

View a list of past Alumni Fellows.