January 29, 2023

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Richard Linton inaugurated, fifteenth college president

President Richard Linton and Jon Rolph shake arms after Rolph proclaims President Linton’s presidency to the viewers on the presidential inauguration on September 2, 2022 in McCain Auditorium.
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On Friday, Sept. 2, college students, employees and group members celebrated the inauguration of Kansas State’s fifteenth president, Richard H. Linton, at McCain Auditorium. Roughly 800 individuals have been in attendance, together with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and former Okay-State president Richard Myers.

Because the inauguration ceremony commenced, symphonic melodies equivalent to Slavonic Dance #8 and Variations on a Shaker Melody (from “Appalachian Spring”) started to play. Quickly after, males in billowing and technicolor clothes emerged, presenting the college mace onto Goldstein Household Stage.

Earlier than lengthy, Governor Laura Kelly took to the stage, telling jokes and giving phrases of endearment to President Linton.

“If there’s nowhere else like Kansas, then there actually is nowhere else like Okay-State … it’s a nice day to be a Kansan,” Kelly stated.

Carl Ice, vice chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, characterised the target plan for Okay-State amid the introduction of a brand new college president.

“Training and our land grant mission are extra necessary than ever and positively the obstacles for a better schooling are completely different now than they have been then, however Kansas State College goes to beat these challenges and we’re going to know alternatives, I consider that’s sure,” Ice stated.

When President Linton started his speech on the podium, he expressed his gratitude to these at Okay-State.

“It’s an unbelievable privilege for me to be standing earlier than you in the present day,” Linton stated. “It’s an honor of a lifetime. I’m grateful for our engaged residents all through the state, our devoted leaders and our very personal Manhattan group.”

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Boosting scholar involvement and enrollment on the college is a precedence, Linton stated. 

“The largest problem we’re dealing with is [a lack of] scholar involvement and enrollment … we’re doing all the pieces we will to show that round,” Linton stated.

The second precedence is deferred upkeep, Linton stated. 

“There’s $450 million in deferred upkeep challenges … We’re going to work with the state and different universities to assist overcome these challenges,” Linton stated.

Linton stated he’s desperate to see all sides of Okay-State progress in a significant and productive path.