FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013
BOARD ELECTS CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR
Logan of Leawood Elected Chair, Wilk of Basehor Elected Vice Chair
(TOPEKA) – The Kansas Board of Regents has elected a new Chair and Vice Chair. The nine-member Board elected Fred Logan of Leawood as the new Chair and Kenny Wilk of Basehor as the new Vice Chair.
Appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in 2011, Logan is a member of the Board’s Fiscal Affairs and Governance Committees. He also serves as the Board’s representative on the Transfer and Articulation Advisory Council. Logan serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. He is a former vice chair and director of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, former chair and director of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and served on the Board of Trustees of Johnson County Community College. He is an attorney and partner of Logan Logan & Watson, L.C. in Prairie Village. He earned his B.A. and Juris Doctor from Indiana University.
“Higher education is critical to the future of Kansas,” said Logan. “Our state will grow only if it has first-rate universities, community colleges, and technical colleges. It is no coincidence that two of our state’s most important initiatives were successful, in part, because of higher education excellence. We won a National Cancer Institute designation for the University of Kansas and beat national competition to land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility for a site adjacent to Kansas State University because of university excellence. Higher education excellence doesn’t just happen – Kansas will have to continue to work at it. The Board of Regents will work very hard to assure higher education excellence in the coming year.”
Appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in 2011, Wilk is a member of the Board’s Fiscal Affairs and Audit Committee and serves as the Board’s appointment to the Kansas Bioscience Authority and Kansas Campus Compact. Wilk, a former State Representative for the 42nd District, is a Kansas Health Fellow and a past board member for KTEC, Kansas Inc., and the Kansas Historical Society. He currently serves as a Director with First State Bank & Trust in Tonganoxie.
“I am honored to have been elected vice-chair,” said Wilk. “The future growth and prosperity of our state depends on having a higher education system aligned with and anticipating the needs of our dynamic economy. Higher education remains a great investment in pro-growth strategies for Kansas. I look forward to working with policy makers and higher education leaders from our universities, community colleges and technical colleges to increase the education attainment of all Kansans.”
The Chair and Vice Chair will serve one-year terms beginning in July of 2013.
Portraits of Regents Logan and Wilk can be downloaded from the Board’s website.
About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institution 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.
Visit the Kansas Board of Regents online at www.kansasregents.org.