Kirk Schulz, a chemical engineer and President of Kansas State Univ. (Manhattan, KS), has received the 2012 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award recognizes the leadership of a higher education chief executive officer who has demonstrated the ability to create a vision and inspire others, while increaseing the stature and positive image of his or her institution. Schulz received the honor on December 11, 2012, at CASE's District V and VI joint conference in Chicago, IL.
Schulz joined Kansas State Univ. in 2009, after chairing the chemical engineering departments at Michigan Tech Univ. and Mississippi State Univ. Upon arriving at Kansas State, he implemented the K-State 2025 visionary plan, with a goal placing Kansas State Univ. among the top 50 public research universities by 2025.
In his four years as president, Schulz has overseen record student enrollment (24,000 students in 2012); started a new campus in Olathe, KS, to serve the greater Kansas City area; launched new collarboartions; saw a record $137 million in research funding brought in by faculty in 2011-2012; and helped to increase the private giving by almost 50%. He also represents the Big 12 Conference on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Board of Directors.
Schulz is a chemical engineering alumnus of Virigina Tech Univ., and represents AIChE as a Director of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).