AD Search Committee Announced

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State University President-Elect Kirk Schulz today announced the formation of an eight-member search committee comprised of faculty, students, alumni and athletics representatives that will help him select the university’s next director of athletics. Schulz appointed K-State Alumni Association President and CEO Amy Button Renz ’76, ’86 to chair the committee.


The committee will begin working immediately and offer its recommendations to Schulz later this summer.


“I believe that the next director of athletics at K-State will have a wonderful opportunity,” Schulz said. “I want to see us compete for Big 12 championships in all sports, and to do that we will need strong leadership from our athletics director in raising external funds and communicating with an enthusiastic alumni base regarding K-State Athletics.”


In addition to Button Renz, the search committee includes:


Lee Borck ’70

Partner and CEO

Innovative Livestock Services

Manhattan, Kan.


Suzie Fritz ’02

K-State Head Volleyball Coach

Manhattan, Kan.


Mike Holen

Dean, College of Education

Faculty Athletics Representative to the Big 12 Conference

Member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council

Manhattan, Kan.


Melody LeHew

Associate Professor, Apparel Textiles & Interior Design

Chair-Elect, K-State Faculty Senate

Manhattan, Kan.


Kevin Lockett ’96

Manager of Minority Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

Former Student-Athlete

Leawood, Kan.


Chris Merriewether

Junior in Finance

Member of the K-State Men's Basketball Team

Member of the Student-Athlete Advising Committee

Jacksonville, Fla.


Lydia Peele

Senior in Education-Mathematics

2008-09 Student Body President

Olathe, Kan.


“K-State is fortunate these outstanding individuals have agreed to serve the university by helping us identify the best person possible for this important position,” Schulz said. “This committee brings a wide range of experiences and a strong concern for the athletic and academic interests of our student-athletes. Prior to this search process, I also have appreciated the opportunity to meet with many university and athletic administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni and receive their feedback on our next athletics director.”


Schulz said he was very pleased Button Renz agreed to lead this search.


“Amy’s reputation speaks for itself,” Schulz said. “During a career that has spanned more than 30 years at K-State, she has consistently demonstrated a long-standing commitment to alumni, students, faculty and staff and promoted excellence for the entire university. The strong relationships Amy has built on campus, across the state and around the country, including working with athletics on many levels, makes her the ideal person to chair this committee.”


Commenting on the committee’s charge, Button Renz said, “I am honored to serve in this role and look forward to working with President-Elect Schulz and the other very accomplished members of this committee as we focus on bringing the best possible candidate to Manhattan. I’m confident we’ll find the right person, and that the next era of Wildcat Athletics will be even more exciting.”