Outgoing K-State President Discusses Budget Woes

Outgoing Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz, who has been named president of Washington State University, says the large amount of research dollars Kansas State and the University of Kansas have been awarded over the past several years is making them a potential target for larger budget cuts by the state.

If further cuts need to be made to higher education, the Kansas Legislature has authorized Governor Sam Brownback to make disproportionate cuts to the state’s two research universities, K-State and K-U. Schulz doesn’t think the Governor should have that authority.

To cover the budget reductions already made by the state, Schulz says the university has submitted a proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents asking for a five percent tuition and fee increase for the fall…

At this point, the enrollment projection for the fall is flat. However, Schulz says with a five percent increase in fees and tuition that could change…

Schulz officially begins his duties at Washington State University in mid-June. The Kansas Board of Regents has appointed retired U.S. Air Force General Richard B. Myers as interim president of Kansas State University. He’ll serve as interim president until the Regents hire a new president – which could take up to eight months.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.