K-State Alumni Association President and CEO Amy Button Renz will head the seven-person committee that will name the next director of athletics for the Wildcats.
In making the announcement, KSU President-Elect Kirk Schulz said, "Amy's reputation speaks for itself. During a career that has spanned more than 30 years at K-State, she has consistently demonstrated a long-standing commitment to alumni, students, faculty and staff, and promoted excellence for the entire university.
"The strong relationships Amy has built on campus, across the state and around the country, including working with athletics on many levels, makes her the ideal person to chair this committee," Schulz said.
In accepting the position, Button Renz said, "I am honored to serve in this role and look forward to working with President-Elect Schulz and the other very accomplished members of this committee as we focus on bringing the best possible candidate to Manhattan. I'm confident we'll find the right person, and that the next era of Wildcat athletics will be even more exciting."
The committee includes Lee Borck, partner and CEO of Innovative Livestock Services; Suzie Fritz, KSU volleyball coach: Mike Holen, Dean of College of Education, Faculty Representative to the Big 12 Conference and member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council; Melody LeHew, Associate Professor in Apparel Textiles and Interior Design; Kevin Lockett, Manager of Minority Entrepreneurship for the Kauffman Foundation; Chris Merriewether, a current member of the Kansas State men's basketball team; and, Lydia Peele, KSU student body president.
"K-State is fortunate these outstanding individuals have agreed to serve the university by helping us identify the best person possible for this important position," Schulz said. "This committee brings a wide range of experiences and a strong concern for the athletic and academic interests of our student athletes."
Button Renz indicated the first committee meeting would take place this weekend when a job description and timetable would be established. As of yet, the position has not been advertised. Schulz indicated that there was not a real rush in filling the position, but that he hoped an individual would be in place by early- to mid-June.
"We want to attract the best possible candidate," Button Renz said. "That could be someone with K-State ties, or familiar with the University, but it's not a necessary requirement."