Kansas State University President Richard Myers will retire at the end of 2021 calendar year.
Myers, who has served as the university’s 14th president since 2016, officially announced his intent Monday morning.
In a statement on K-State Today, the 79-year old Myers said, “Mary Jo and I truly loved our time at K-State and working with students, faculty and staff,” Myers said. “Being president of my alma mater was one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had. It was an honor to help move K-State forward on many fronts. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the many talented and dedicated people who comprise the K-State family.”
During his tenure, the university has undergone significant changes, including adoption of a new budget model supporting strategic investments to drive innovation and growth. He also has helped lead a comprehensive strategic enrollment management initiative to counter declining enrollment.
A source had told KMAN earlier this year that Myers had wanted to see the university through the coronavirus pandemic before making any such announcement.
Myers retired as a four star general in the Air Force and was the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George W. Bush. He also is a Kansas State University Foundation professor of military history and leadership.
The Kansas Board of Regents will announce details on the search to replace Myers at a later date.