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Alumni Fellow Program

The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the Dean's Council, the President's Office and the Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Fellows are chosen by each college to return as distinguished guests and as mentors, friends and counselors. They are honored in recognition of the ultimate measure of a university - not curricula, facilities or programs, but the quality of its alumni.

Eligibility Criteria
Undergraduate or graduate degree from the College of Education

Letters of nomination for alumni fellows should be sent to the Office of the Dean of Education, 006 Bluemont Hall, 1100 Mid-Campus Drive, Manhattan, KS 66506-5301. The deadline for nominations is the third Friday of September each year.

Materials to be Submitted by Nominees

  • Current vitae (not to exceed five pages)
  • One-page summary of his/her educational philosophy
  • Summary of professional activities (not to exceed three pages)
  • Three letters of support

The materials should be assembled in the above-mentioned order. Nominations will not be considered complete until all submissions requested are received.

College of Education Alumni Fellows

  • 2019 – John Heim, '87, doctorate in educational administration. Executive Director of the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB).
  • 2018 – Fred Van Ranken, '87, '94, bachelor's degree in secondary education and master's degree in educational administration. Superintendent, USD #240 Twin Valley Public Schools (Bennington and Tescott, KS).
  • 2017 – Shelbie Witte, '06, '08, master's and doctoral degrees in curriculum and instruction. Chuck and Kim Watson Endowed Chair and associate professor of adolescent literacy and English education at Oklahoma State University.
  • 2016 – Brooks Barta, '93, '97, bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education and master's degree in educational administration. High school math teacher and head football coach at Holton High School, Holton, Kansas, and Kansas Football Coach of the Year. Former All-Big Eight linebacker and National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.
  • 2015 – Raymond Doswell, '08, doctorate in educational leadership. Vice president of curatorial services, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • 2014 – Chad Clark, '08, doctorate in adult education. Engagement leader at Cerner Corporation.
  • 2013 – Curt Brungardt, '97, doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Omer G. Voss Distinguished Professorship of Leadership Studies and co-founder and executive director of the Center for Civic Leadership, Fort Hays State University.; and Christie Brungardt, '09, doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Assistant professor of leadership studies, director of the Women’s Leadership Project, and co-founder of the Center for Civic Leadership at Fort Hays State University.
  • 2012 – Diane DeBacker, '02, doctorate in educational administration and leadership. Kansas Commissioner of Education.
  • 2011 – Dwight D. Jones, '90, master's degree in educational administration. Superintendent of Schools, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2010 – Cindy Slavik Couchman, '90, '93, bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education and master's degree in educational administration. High school math teacher at Buhler High School, Buhler, Kansas, and 2009 Kansas Teacher of the Year.
  • D2009 – an C. Yunk, '71, '75, '87, bachelor's degree in secondary English, master's degree in secondary education, and doctorate in educational administration. Executive Director and CEO of Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan, Kansas, an agricultural advocacy organization.
  • 2008 – Sheryl L. Santos, '79, doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in bilingual education. Dean and Professor of education, College of Education, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
  • 2007– Rose Marie Duhon-Sells, '80, doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Southern University at New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2006 – Kevin Weiberg, '78, bachelor's degree in secondary education. Commissioner, Big 12 Conference, Dallas, Texas.
  • 2005 – Sylvia White Robinson, '71, bachelor's degree in elementary education. Education consultant for educational policy, practice, and leadership development, Kansas City, Kansas.
  • 2004 – LeAnn Diehl Clark, '69, bachelor's degree in elementary education. Classroom teacher, Hesston, Kansas.
  • 2003 – Kathleen Rager, '00, doctorate in adult education. Assistant Professor of educational leadership and policy studies, College of Education, University of Oklahoma.
  • 2002 – Randy Watson, '81, '84, '90, bachelor's degree in history, masters and doctoral degrees in educational administration. Assistant Superintendent, McPherson, Kansas school district.
  • 2001 – Julie P. Noble, '84, doctorate in educational research, statistics and measurement. Principal research associate, statistical research department of ACT, Inc.
  • 2000 – Dan Lumley, '91, doctorate in education. Director of curriculum and instruction, Lee's Summit, Missouri School District.
  • 1999 – Elizabeth Fennema, '50, bachelor's degree in psychology. Professor emerita and senior scientist, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 1998 – Cyndi Harrison, '85, doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Principal, Trailwood Elementary School, Shawnee Mission, Kansas; and
Mark A. Harrison, Sr., '85, doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Principal, Hawthorne Elementary School, Kansas City, Kansas.
  • 1997 – Ronald L. Epps, '83, doctorate in administration and foundations. Superintendent of schools, Rockford, Illinois.
  • 1996 – Frances J. Irelan, '93, master's in elementary education. Classroom teacher, Lee Elementary School, Manhattan. Kansas.
  • 1995 – John C. Laurie, '62, doctorate in educational administration. Principal, Hillcrest High School, Springfield, Missouri.
  • 1994 – Gary Bitter, '62, bachelor's in mathematics. Professor of education, Arizona State University.
  • 1993 – Cheryl Linn Hewitt, '69, bachelor's in elementary education. President of NEA, Shawnee Mission, Kansas and classroom teacher, Dorothy Moody Elementary School.
  • 1992 – JoAnn C. McDowell, '84, doctorate in education. Member, Kansas Board of Regents, and consultant, American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
  • 1991 – Wynona Oiela Winn, '76, '79, Superintendent of schools, Durant, Oklahoma.
  • 1990 – Gary Livingston, '76, Superintendent of schools, Topeka, Kansas.
  • 1989 – Peggy House, '70, '73, Professor of mathematics and science education, University of Minnesota.
  • 1988 – Rudolph E. Waters, '77, President, Alcorn University, Lormon, Mississippi.
  • 1987 – JoAnne McCluggage Pottorff, '57, Real estate associate, Wichita, Kansas.