Good Evening Wildcat Nation!
Let me start by wishing all of the
moms in the K-State Family a Happy Mother's Day! I have a great mom back
in Charlotte and my wife Mary Lawrence is a wonderful mother to our
three children, but this holiday is even more special for the Currie
family because it was on Mother's Day, May 10, 2009, that I had my final
job interview with President Schulz, Amy Button Renz and Chuck Reagan.
the AD search, then incoming President Schulz had appointed Amy as
chair, and she assembled an excellent committee including Faculty Senate
President Dr. Melody LeHew, SGA president Lydia Peele, FAR Dr. Mike
Holen, volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz, student-athlete Chris
Merriewether and alumni Lee Borck and Kevin Lockett - all ably supported
by alumni administrative assistant Lynn Beier. After interviewing in
April at the KC airport with the search committee, I was thrilled to
receive a call from Amy asking me to come back for a final interview.
And, I didn't hesitate when Amy apologized that Mother's Day Sunday was
going to be the day. Even with three children ranging from 8 years to
four months Mary Lawrence was perfectly understanding of my need to be
away - she just said if I was missing Mother's Day I'd better get the
It has been an incredible first five years - thanks to the
support of Wildcat fans worldwide, the efforts of our student-athletes
and coaches and of course the transformational leadership of President
Schulz we have made incredible progress towards the K-State Vision of a
Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. We've emerged from a position
of fiscal weakness to one of stability and from a period of conference
alignment insecurity to a new era which sees the Big 12 as one of the
leading leagues in the country. In the meantime we've had some
incredible Championship Athletic Performances, including Big 12 team
championships, multiple Big 12 and NCAA individual titles and
post-season appearances by nearly all our teams, all while producing an
outstanding APR and graduation record.
But, this is no time to
rest - let's keep building together to deliver a World-Class
Student-Athlete Experience and permanently secure K-State's position of
strength within the upper echelon of intercollegiate athletics! Thank
you for your continued support!