- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A former chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff with ties to Kansas State University will serve as its interim president, the state Board of Regents announced Thursday.

The regents said retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers will become the university’s top administrator in late April. The board said he will have a news conference Wednesday on the university’s main campus in Manhattan, where the regents are having their next monthly meeting.

Myers will succeed former President Kirk Schulz, who stepped down in March to become president of Washington State University.

“I am confident, given the tremendous leadership experience he has gained throughout his career, that retired Gen. Myers will successfully oversee K-State while we search for the university’s next president,” Regents Chairman Shane Bangerter said in a statement.

Myers served as the joint chiefs chairman in 2001-05, making him the top military adviser to President George W. Bush and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

He is a 1965 graduate of Kansas State, and since his retirement from the military, he’s had a part-time position at the school as a professor of military history and leadership. The military science building on campus is named for him.

The regents anticipate naming a permanent replacement for Schulz by the end of this year. Schulz had held the top job at Kansas State since 2009.

The university has about 24,000 students and an annual budget of more than $770 million, including its Kansas State Polytechnic campus in Salina.



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