A Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 15, 2016

Good Afternoon K-State Nation!

Today is a very special and historic day for Kansas State University as earlier this morning the Kansas Board of Regents selected and announced General Richard B. Myers as the 14th President of our terrific university. Previously serving as our Interim President, General Myers’ experience, vision and passion for K-State were evident, and I look forward to our continued relationship and partnership. As a member of the search committee, the candidate pool was extraordinary, which is further evidence of the brand perception and growth of our university, and I commend Committee Chair Dennis Mullin on the entire search process which we are confident has produced the best result. General Myers will continue to advance K-State into the ranks of being a Top 50 public research university, and I am pleased that he and now First Lady Mary Jo will continue to be a part of our family! You can click here for the Regents’ full release.

Busy Time as Thanksgiving Holidays Approach

It’s a busy time for our programs as Coach Weber will go after career win No. 394 tonight against Omaha, and I encourage you to be in Bramlage for the 7 p.m., tipoff to cheer on our exciting men's hoops team. The week got underway last night as Coach Mittie recorded his 494th career win as a head coach when the women’s basketball team defeated Tulsa, 82-62. The Wildcat volleyball team will also go for win No. 19 on the season Wednesday against Oklahoma, and we hope to see you out at Ahearn Field House for the 7 p.m. match.

It has been and will continue to be a historic year for many of our head coaches, and I have said so many times we have the best collective group in the country. In addition to those mentioned above, Coach Snyder will look for win No. 199 of his hall of fame career on Saturday when the football team travels to Baylor, which also would propel the Wildcats to bowl eligibility for the seventh-straight season with a win. As a reminder, it is never too early to plan for bowl season and you can click here for more details and information on potential destinations and ticket options. The volleyball team will be in Austin on Saturday to face the Longhorns, while Sunday will be another basketball doubleheader as the women host Lamar at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game against Hampton at 5 p.m.

In addition to your favorite turkey and dressing, Thanksgiving week will be chocked full of more exciting Wildcat action as the men’s basketball team hosts Robert Morris on November 22. The women’s team will head to the Virgin Islands to face N.C. State, LSU and UTEP, while the men will head to Brooklyn to face Boston College on November 25 and either Richmond or Maryland on November 26. Back home, it will be Senior Day for both football and volleyball when the annual Dillons Sunflower Showdown kicks off at 11 a.m., from Bill Snyder Family Stadium, followed by a 6 p.m., volleyball match with Texas Tech at Ahearn Field House. I hope each and every one of you will join us for both games as we honor these respective senior classes – both of which have led their teams to tremendous success this season and during their careers.

Golf Programs Lead the Way in Latest Graduation Rate Data

The NCAA released its latest graduation rate data today, and both of our golf programs recorded glowing marks as they led the Big 12 in graduation success rate and federal rate with near-perfect scores. Also of note: several other programs' rates were commendable as football ranked third among Big 12 schools in the federal rate and fourth in gradudation succes rate, while men’s basketball was tied for second (GSR) and fourth (FGR) and men’s track and field was third in GSR. And in other academic news, congratulations to the 11 volleyball student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 team today - the 11 selections were a program best and also the most of any other Big 12 volleyball teams this season.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your support of K-State student-athletes. Here at K-State we have a lot to be thankful for – a vibrant university with a new dynamic president located in America’s No. 1 College Town; a community and fan base that supports its university like no other place in the country; 170-plus departmental employees all pulling in the same direction toward a common goal of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program; collectively, the best group of head coaches in the country; and last but not least, a group of student-athletes who represent Kansas State University so well and bring the energy and passion with them each day to be the best they can on the playing field, in the classroom and in life.

So again, thank you, and we hope to see you at Bramlage, Ahearn and Bill Snyder Family Stadium in the coming days.

Go Cats!

John