ABET Board Director Kirk Schulz Named 2012 CASE Chief Executive Leader

December 14, 2012

Kirk SchulzBaltimore, MD - The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) presented Kansas State University President and ABET Board Director Kirk Schulz, Ph.D., with its 2012 Chief Executive Leader Award in Chicago on Tuesday, December 11. The award recognizes the leadership of a higher education chief executive officer who demonstrates the ability to create a vision and inspire others.

Schultz was nominated for the award by Kent Bradley, K-State Alumni Association board chairman, on behalf of the K-State Alumni Association. According to the criteria used by the selection committee, Chief Executive Leadership Award recipients have established a positive image for the institution; increased the institution's stature in the community; encouraged innovation among employees; and actively supported advancement.

Schultz, who began his position as Kansas State’s 13th president in 2009, has been involved with ABET in different capacities since 2001. “We congratulate Kirk on this award and on his great achievements at Kansas State. We are extremely fortunate to have had him as part of the ABET family for more than a decade,” said Michael Milligan, P.E., Ph.D., ABET executive director. “Kirk’s contributions, as a program evaluator, a team chair and currently as a board member have been invaluable.”

Schulz represents the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) on the ABET Board of Directors and previously served as a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) for six years. Read more about Schulz's many accomplishments as President of Kansas State University.

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ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, is a federation of 31 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for more than 75 years.

ABET currently accredits over 3,200 programs at more than 670 colleges and universities worldwide. More than 2,000 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities. ABET also provides leadership internationally through workshops, memoranda of understanding, and mutual recognition agreements, such as the Washington Accord. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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