By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) - Emporia State University is planning a new Honors College to attract top students to its campus.

The school announced in a news release Tuesday that a new education bill signed by Gov. Sam Brownback includes $1 million for the Honors College. Gary Wyatt, an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was named to a one-year appointment as director of the Honors College.

Emporia State officials say they envision the college offering honors students a mentoring program, separate living arrangements, additional scholarships, travel and leadership opportunities.

Wyatt begins his new position on June 8, and will spend the summer helping to plan the Honors College. Some enhancements to current honors programs are planned for the fall but the Honors College is expected to begin in fall 2015.

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