Kansas State University president Myers retiring at end of 2021

    Kansas State University president Richard Myers, left, with University of Kansas chancellor Doug Girod. Myers said he would retire as KSU president at the end of 2021. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)
    Kansas State University president Richard Myers, left, with University of Kansas chancellor Doug Girod. Myers said he would retire as KSU president at the end of 2021. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

    TOPEKA — Kansas State University president Richard Myers plans to retire in December after five years leading the land-grant university in Manhattan.

    Myers, who earned an engineering degree at Kansas State in 1965, previously served as a four-star general in the U.S. Air Force. He was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 until retiring from the military in 2005.

    In 2006, he accepted a part-time appointment as professor of military history and leadership at Kansas State. He became interim president in April 2016. In November 2016, the Kansas Board of Regents appointed him the university’s 14th president.

    “Being president of my alma mater was one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had,” Myers said in a statement Monday. “It was an honor to help move K-State forward on many fronts. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the many talented and dedicated people who comprise the K-State family.”

    The military science building on campus, which serves Army and Air Force ROTC programs, was named in honor of Myers. He was part of ROTC at Kansas State while an undergraduate student.

    During his tenure as president, Kansas State adopted a performance-based budget model to drive investment in innovation and growth. The university responded to dwindling enrollment by restructuring student recruitment, scholarship programs and streamlining the tuition system.

    Myers, 79, was co-chair with his wife, Mary Jo, of a campaign that raised $1.6 billion for Kansas State. The original goal of the drive was $600 million.

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    Tim Carpenter
    Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.