The Kansas Board of Regents has chosen interim Kansas State University president Richard Myers as the next president.
The nine-member board made the decision Tuesday on the campus of the roughly 24,000-student university’s main campus in Manhattan.
Former president Kirk Schulz announced in March he was leaving the university after seven years at the helm to become Washington State University’s president.
Myers served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005. As the nation’s highest ranking military officer, Myers served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, Myers served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Myers has commanded at all levels and served in significant staff positions throughout the Air Force. His largest commands included U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan; Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
Myers says it was important to come home to Kansas after interim was dropped from his title. He joked after the vote that “the honeymoon is over.” He also said he “wouldn’t do this any other place.”
Myers previously 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.
Myers had served as the Interim President at Kansas State University since April 2016.