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Kansas State University- Chief Executive Officer, Olathe Campus
Title:Kansas State University- Chief Executive Officer, Olathe Campus
Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Kansas State University in their search for Chief Executive Officer.

For best consideration, please apply by November 4.

Kansas State University invites applications and nominations for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for K-State Olathe. The University is seeking a dynamic individual with exceptional leadership, strategic, and interpersonal capabilities to lead K-State Olathe, its newest campus located in the Kansas City metropolitan area in Olathe, Kansas. The CEO reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President and serves as a member of the Deans Council. 

K-State Olathe: K-State Olathe is the leader advancing Kansas State University in the Kansas City Metropolitan area with strong academic/industry/government partnerships integrating graduate and undergraduate educational opportunities, research, and engagement to address the needs of a rapidly changing world, especially those focused on enterprises related to animal health and food safety and security. It is also home to the School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies ( The faculty at K-State Olathe are a combination of resident and non-resident, full- and part-time, and adjunct faculty supporting graduate and undergraduate programs, research, and/or engagement. K-State Olathe’s graduate programs include a combination of existing, unique, and new research- and professional-based degrees (Graduate Certificates, Master’s, and Doctorates), a high proportion of which are interdisciplinary. In addition, K-State Olathe continues to expand undergraduate offerings and pathway partnerships with area community colleges. K-State Olathe works with the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle Authority (JCERTA) to support existing businesses and attract new industry to the area while delivering a substantial return on investment. K-State Olathe also organizes and manages an active and growing professional development program supporting and educating professionals at the state, national, and international levels.

Building on its rich history as a student-centered research university, K-State has a goal of becoming recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 public research universities. K-State Olathe plays an integral role in that pursuit and must be led by a dynamic individual whose intellect and disposition are suited to the wide range of academic and professional missions in the organization. For additional information, see the K-State Olathe website.


The K-State Olathe CEO serves as an advisor to the President and Provost in establishing both strategic directions and significant initiatives in research and education in the Kansas City region on behalf of Kansas State University. The CEO works closely with a variety of stakeholders in order to advance the role of K-State Olathe within the University with strong academic/industry/government partnerships integrating education, research, and engagement to address the needs of a rapidly changing world. Strong collaboration with senior administrators, deans, and other academic leaders at the university as well as leaders in government, industry, and academia in the Kansas City region is required. An appreciation of the strengths and diverse expertise of K-State Olathe faculty and staff and support of growing programs and current industry connections and engagement with Kansas City area community colleges will also be necessary for success.

The CEO represents the President and Provost in the Kansas City area, when asked; establishes opportunities for their engagement with regional leaders on issues important to the university, and works with federal, regional, and state agencies and industry in creating partnerships that advance the University’s research, education, and engagement missions. He/she takes a leadership role in public relations and marketing of the University’s presence in the Kansas City region. maintaining and strengthening strategic relationships with the community, alumni, benefactors, and industry. The CEO will also work with university and regional stakeholders to maintain a strategic focus for K-State Olathe consistent with the strategic directions of Kansas State University and to build continued excellence and growth in education, research, and outreach programs offered through the Campus. The CEO attends and represents the Olathe campus at meetings and stays in close contact with local government.

The CEO also serves as the chief administrative officer for K-State Olathe and is responsible for overall program leadership, strategic direction, fiscal stewardship, fund development, policy formulation, impact assessment, and aligning the efforts and strengths of K-State Olathe with those of the university and its K-State 2025 Visionary Plan. The CEO is also responsible for the operational management of the Olathe Campus, including personnel, facilities (i.e., laboratory, teaching, and event spaces), infrastructure, and safety.

  • Master’s degree
  • Proven success as a strategic leader with the ability to plan, coordinate, articulate, and execute a strategic vision and initiatives while engaging others.
  • Proven record as a successful administrator with responsibility for guiding strategy, evaluating and motivating others resource acquisition and allocation, and overseeing operations, including personnel, facility, and technology management.
  • Proven ability to initiate, lead, and foster transformational innovation and change, be adaptable with changing conditions, and comfortable with the ambiguity and pace of work that accompanies a large public university.
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder with a history of building, enhancing, and sustaining successful partnerships the local, state, regional, and national levels.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion.
  • Record of promoting a collegial and constructive environment based on open communication, positive team building, and effective management.
  • Demonstrated success in funds development, external fundraising, and financial management.
  • Proven success as a strategic leader with accomplishments in developing and growing innovative and effective programs, including some involving academic stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated success building, enhancing, and sustaining successful educational, research, or outreach partnerships across a university and with educational institutions, industry and government entities.
  • An understanding and appreciation for the strategic directions of the university and an appreciation for how those directions can be enhanced through K-State Olathe, the K-State campuses, and the greater Kansas City metropolitan region.
  • A working knowledge and appreciation of the manner in which a University functions academically, particularly with respect to educational and research programs that meet the needs of adult learners.

About the University

Kansas State University is a comprehensive, research, land-grant institution serving approximately 21,000 students. The University provides some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world and is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options. The Graduate School offers 73 master’s degrees, 44 doctoral degrees and 43 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines. The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation’s best colleges and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities designated Kansas State University as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.

Commonly referred to as K-State, the university is proud of its student-centered focus and welcoming environment and considers all K-Staters family. Their athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships.

About K-State Olathe

Kansas State University's Olathe campus opened to the Greater Kansas City community on April 26, 2011. The campus' LEED Silver Certified International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute is the first higher education facility supported by a local tax. The ongoing tax support makes it equivalent to one of the country's largest endowments ever to a higher education public institution initiative.

Academic programs support Greater Kansas City's robust animal health, food production and safety, hospitality and leadership and education industries and sectors.

K-State Olathe also works closely with K-12 schools, community colleges and industry in Johnson County to establish an education pipeline that spans from elementary school to in-demand graduate degree and certificate programs.

In addition to traditional academic programs, the campus offers professional development programming. A specific focus is put on animal health regulatory affairs and essential leadership skills. Learn more at

Research Opportunities

As the nation’s first operational land-grant university, Kansas State University is dedicated to research that will better their community, state and world. The university is at the forefront of several crucial research areas, including global food systems and biosecurity. Kansas State University takes great pride in ensuring faculty members have the tools necessary to make the breakthroughs the world needs. They offer a variety of programs and funding opportunities to secure their researchers’ success.
In part because of the university’s biosecurity research and expertise, Manhattan was chosen as the location for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, which is currently under construction adjacent to campus.

Diversity and Inclusion

Kansas State University has a long, storied history of embracing diversity and inclusion as a core component of their educational mission. As the nation’s first operational land-grant, K-State has always admitted students without regard to race, gender or creed. Their commitment to meeting the needs and interests of a diverse student body and preparing all constituents for meaningful engagement in an ever changing, diverse world is unwavering. They believe that diversity adds value to the educational fabric of their institution and students are encouraged to capitalize on the learning opportunities that differences can create.

To learn more information about diversity and inclusion at K-State, please visit

About the Area

Olathe, KS, with a population of nearly 140,000, is located in Johnson County and one of the best places to live in Kansas. Olathe is the Shawnee word for “beautiful” and is perfect for those looking for a city with a small town feel. With more than 37 distinct neighborhoods and community parks, the city also offers 57 miles of public trails, 25 miles of bike lanes and 30 miles of shared roadways.

Olathe is a growing, unique and exciting community as businesses and residents continue to move into the city. As the second largest among the 21 communities in Johnson County, and the fifth largest city in the state, Olathe is located just 20 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City along the historic Oregon-California and Santa Fe Trails offering all the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan area. The approximately 1.8 million residents of the Kansas City Metropolitan area enjoy everything from world-class museums to professional sporting events, a thriving arts community to car racing, opera to fine dining.

The community continues to build on its strengths through exceptional strides in its comprehensive planning, park system, transportation improvements and original town area's revitalization. As the fastest-growing community in the state of Kansas and the metropolitan Kansas City area, the area offers extraordinary business and relationship opportunities with assets including a strong relationship among the city council, chamber of commerce, award-winning school district, and the thriving business community. Olathe's livability, economic growth, excellent city services and plans for our future make the city a leader in the region.

Visit here to learn more about the Olathe community.

To Apply
For best consideration, please apply by November 4.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita.

Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the search firm, you must apply directly. 
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.
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