Sep 20, 2021 12:31 AM

KSU is moving forward

Posted Sep 20, 2021 12:31 AM
KSU President Richard Myers
KSU President Richard Myers

Kansas State University President Richard Myers delivered his final State of the University address on Friday. He is retiring at the end of the year.

Myers reflected on a number of accomplishments and growth areas ranging from growth to an $880 million endowment to an increase in the graduation rate and projected increase in freshman - sophomore student retention rate. "The state of the university is sound, very sound, and we have weathered many challenges. We have proven as a team to the community our mettle."

Technology improvements, $2 billion in infrastructure on north campus collaboration district with 10 industry partners, food insecurity was addressed on the Manhattan campus, and a number three ranking for top employer in Kansas were all mention. 

"This past year in the middle of COVID we raised over $155 million. That year was probably off a little bit because nobody could travel. So, things have really changed for the better, said Myers.

The KSU President noted that COVID had a decided effect on our financial situation but steps were taken to ensure the university came out it in a much better place. They tried to be as sensitive to people concerns as possible. "We weren't successful in all case, and some people were hurt. I think we've recovered from that. This is the first year in many that I've been here that we haven't had to issue a budget cut to the rest of campus. " 

Myers addressed the progress made the past years on the K-State 2025 Visionary Plan and the goal of becoming a top 50 public research university. Myers also noted that the search for a new KSU president will hopefully conclude by the end of the year.