Emporia State University


Statehouse scraps: Catholic lobby’s stance on abuse bill, Medicaid losses, fentanyl frustration

BY: - March 25, 2023

News officially overflowed this week. Not only did Kansas Reflector reporters chase a multitude of stories around the Statehouse, but events we already covered unwound in unpredictable ways. You’ll see how throughout today’s roundup. In the middle of this all, we managed to speak to audiences in Hutchinson and Valley Falls. Thanks to the 200 […]


Emporia State demands ransom for public records. You deserve to know what they’re hiding.

BY: - March 15, 2023

We asked Emporia State University a simple question. After breaking the law in responding to us, the school now wants a preposterous ransom to answer it. You can complicate the matter one way or another, but that’s the situation we face here at Kansas Reflector, as our editors and reporters continually pursue stories that powerful […]

Emporia State University junior Sophia Dawson attends a candlelight vigil Sept. 19, 2022, to honor the 33 faculty members affected by recent cuts. (Mason Hart for Kansas Reflector)

Emporia State University professors ask Kansas Supreme Court to halt ‘sham’ hearings

BY: - February 28, 2023

TOPEKA — Two Emporia State University professors have asked the Kansas Supreme Court to intervene in “sham” appeals hearings over the firing of tenured professors. The court declined to take immediate action to stop the hearings but ordered ESU, the Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings to respond within two weeks […]

House Minority Leader Vic Miller addresses the student government at Emporia State

Emporia State University graduate encourages student leaders, laments school’s ‘debacle’

BY: - January 27, 2023

EMPORIA — House Minority Leader Vic Miller regaled members of the Emporia State University student government Thursday with tales of his early 1970s escapades on campus — while lamenting the school’s elimination of tenured staff and programs last year. He pointed to himself and his Republican counterpart, House Speaker Dan Hawkins, as examples of accomplished […]

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National faculty group to investigate layoffs, finances and academic freedom at Emporia State

BY: - October 20, 2022

TOPEKA — The American Association of University Professors says it will investigate the dismissal of tenured faculty members at Emporia State University, a move that could result in adding the university to a list of censured institutions. The university in September took emergency action to eliminate the jobs of 33 faculty members, most of whom […]

Emporia State University students, faculty and community members gather Sept. 19, 2022, at a candlelight vigil to speak out and offer words of encouragement regarding recent layoffs. Participants were provided with battery-operated candles. (Mason Hart for Kansas Reflector)

Emporia State cuts have ended prestigious debate program. Everyone in Kansas will pay the price.

BY: - October 18, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Scott Anglemyer is a 1985 graduate of Emporia State University. He was a member of the Emporia State University debate team for four years. Earlier this year, […]

A former interim president of Emporia State University asked the Kansas Board of Regents to rescind dismissal of 33 faculty under a new policy streamlining layoffs. ESU students responded to the firings with vigils and protests in September. (Mason Hart for Kansas Reflector)

Former interim Emporia State president condemns mass firing of tenured faculty

BY: - October 10, 2022

Former Emporia State University interim president Ed Flentje says firing of 33 faculty will brand ESU a "pariah institution" in higher education.

The American Association of University Professors urges Emporia State University to rescind dismissal notices issued to as many as 33 faculty in wake of the personnel shakeup ordered by ESU president Ken Hush. (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

AAUP asserts faculty dismissals at Emporia State a ‘grave’ threat to academic freedom, tenure

BY: - September 30, 2022

AAUP urged Emporia State University administrators to rescind dismissal of up to 33 faculty and end the ongoing assault on academic freedom and tenure.

Emporia State University president Ken Hush, right, received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to deploy a policy designed to expedite personnel and program reform. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Emporia State receives green light to move rapidly with faculty, program realignment

BY: - September 14, 2022

Kansas Board of Regents unanimously approves request by Emporia State University to implement policy for speedy faculty, program overhaul.

Ken Hush, president at Emporia State University since November, said financial realities compel ESU to consider realigning the budget through process that could include employee layoffs and changes in of academic programs. (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

Emporia State University seeks authority to begin campus workforce restructuring

BY: - September 7, 2022

Emporia State University administrators will seek approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to deploy a controversial workforce management policy.