FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2010

BOARD OF REGENTS HIRES NEW PRESIDENT & CEO
Dr. Andy Tompkins to Begin June 1

(TOPEKA) – Today the nine members of the Kansas Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Andy Tompkins as the Board’s next President and CEO.

“The Board is thrilled to announce the selection of Dr. Andy Tompkins as our next President and CEO,” said Regent Jill Docking of Wichita, the Chair of the Board of Regents.

“Andy’s leadership abilities and educational policy expertise are an ideal fit for this position. He brings with him a long and distinguished resume of leadership and public service, and his knowledge of the Kansas higher education landscape will give him the ability to hit the ground running. We’re certainly grateful that Andy has agreed to join us, and we have the utmost confidence that he will help us to even further enhance our state’s public higher education system.”

“I was truly honored to be considered by the Board of Regents for this rare opportunity to help lead the state’s higher education system,” said Tompkins. “These are trying times for public higher education institutions not only in Kansas but across the nation, and our state’s public higher education system has a key role to play as Kansas pulls itself out of this difficult economic environment. I’m certainly anxious to begin working with the Regents as they strive to not only maintain but to strengthen the state’s already impressive public higher education system.”

Tompkins is currently the Dean of the College of Education at Pittsburg State University (PSU), a position he has held since 2007. He was an associate professor at the University of Kansas from 2005 to 2007, served as the Commissioner of Education for the Kansas State Department of Education from 1996 to 2005, was an interim dean and associate professor at PSU from 1994 to 1996, was the superintendent of three different school districts from 1977 to 1994, and worked as a principal and teacher at the high school level from 1969 to 1976. Tompkins received a doctorate from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Emporia State University, and a bachelor’s degree from East Central State University in Oklahoma.

Tompkins will begin as the Board’s President and CEO on June 1. Details regarding pay and benefits are not yet finalized and will be publicly approved by the Board at a later date.

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..