Kansas State University’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer is leaving the university.
Bryan Samuel has been named vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Texas Arlington. He will assume his new duties in early May. Details on the search process for Samuel’s replacement will be announced as soon as it becomes available.
K-State President Richard Myers says Dr. Samuel helped establish the office of diversity and inclusion as a cabinet-level position, laying a foundation for the new position and moving the university forward in a number of ways over the past three years.
“It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as the inaugural chief diversity and inclusion officer for K-State,” Samuel said. “This is a bittersweet moment for my family and me as over the past three years we have come to love the K-State and Manhattan community. I would like to thank President Myers for his leadership and support. I especially would like to thank the faculty, staff and students who worked so tirelessly to advance several important diversity and inclusion initiatives, including but not limited to KSUnite, the 2020 University Climate Survey and the diversity and inclusion plan. These institutional initiatives were not possible without your energy and passion for this work. I am proud of the work we have done and the advancement we have made in such a short time.
Samuel helped establish KSUnite, the 2020 University Climate Survey and the diversity and inclusion plan.