REGENTS CONTACT TEXAS & OKLAHOMA COUNTERPARTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2010


BOARD OF REGENTS CONTACTS TEXAS & OKLAHOMA COUNTERPARTS

“A 10-Institution Big 12 Would Have an Extremely Bright Future”

(TOPEKA) – Today the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing board of Kansas State University (K-State) and the University of Kansas (KU), contacted the governing boards of Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Texas urging them to retain their Big 12 Conference membership.

“A 10-institution Big 12 Conference appears to be a win-win for all involved,” said Regent Jill Docking of Wichita, the Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. “Our universities, students, alumni, and state would all benefit from K-State’s and KU’s continued affiliation in a Big 12 consisting of the ten remaining universities. A 10-institution Big 12 would have an extremely bright future.”

A copy of the Board’s letter to the governing boards in Oklahoma and Texas can be viewed here.

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

For more information, contact Kip Peterson at (785) 296-3421 or at kpeterson@ksbor.org.

Visit the Kansas Board of Regents online at www.kansasregents.org.