Retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers was inaugurated as the 14th president of Kansas State University in a ceremony this morning on the main campus in Manhattan.
Myers graduated from K-State in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering was joined the Air Force through the ROTC program. He was named interim president of Kansas State University a little over a year ago and was named president last November.
Myers says his interest in becoming the fulltime president of Kansas State can be traced to his love of the university, its faculty, staff and students, as well as the community.
Another reason he decided to pursue the position of president was his strong belief in the landgrant mission of Kansas State University.
Myers says an educated workforce is key to the state’s future prosperity. Despite budget concerns, he says K-State must be a leader in improving higher education.
Myers says more cuts and inadequate funding for education will have a long-term negative impact on the state.
Meyers also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, and served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005.