Kansas State President Richard Myers announced his retirement on Monday morning. The retirement will be effective at the end of this calendar year. He has served as the university’s 14th president since 2016.
In a statement from the University, Myers said, “Mary Jo and I truly loved our time at K-State and working with students, faculty and staff,” Myers said. “Being president of my alma mater was one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had. It was an honor to help move K-State forward on many fronts. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the many talented and dedicated people who comprise the K-State family.”
Myers wraps up a distinguished career. Hes graduated from Kansas State University in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and joined the Air Force through K-State’s ROTC program. He also graduated from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in 1977, U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in 1981, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he completed a program for Senior Executives in National and International Security in 1991.
He retired as a four-star general in the Air Force and then advanced his career further in the federal government. As K-State notes in its press release, from 2001 to 2005 he served as the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the principal military adviser to the U.S. president, secretary of defense, and the National Security Council. In 2006 Kansas State University named the military science building — home of the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs — Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall, in honor of his service and dedication.
The University now undergoes a search to replace Myers. The details around that process has yet to be announced.