WSU tabs KSU’s Kirk Schulz as new president

WSU’s BOARD OF REGENTS has named Kirk Schulz of Kansas State to succeed the late Elson Floyd as the 11th president at Washington State, it was announced on the university’s website. The decision came following the board’s meeting on WSU’s Tri-Cities campus in Richland on Friday.

Schulz, 52, has been the president at K-State since 2009, where he's spearheaded the effort for K-State to be recognized as a Top 50 public research university. 

Schulz, according to the Wichita Eagle, also helped raise funds for new projects and construction across K-State’s campus, particularly in athletics.

During his time in Manhattan, K-State has constructed a new basketball training facility and revamped Snyder Family Stadium.

Schulz has also served in leadership roles throughout the Big 12 and helped the conference target TCU and West Virginia as new members during conference realignment.

He is also the chair of the NCAA board of governors, the association’s highest-ranking decision-making body.  Earlier this month, Schulz announced $200 million to be distributed to Division I schools for funding student-athlete benefits. 

Schulz plans to serve at K-State until mid-May before transitioning to Washington State in mid-June.

Schulz was born in Virginia. He attended Old Dominion for three years before transferring to Virginia Tech, receiving his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1986 and his doctorate in 1991.

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