Kirk Schulz is the President and a professor of chemical engineering at Washington State University.Prior WSU, Dr. Schulz was President of Kansas State University from 2009 – 2016. During his seven year tenure he increased research activity, enrollment, and funding for Kansas State, while building the school’s athletic and alumni programs. He also secured funding for the construction of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility by working with the Kansas congressional delegation, office of the Governor, and Kansas legislature. Schulz has also served in various academic and leadership positions at Mississippi State University, Michigan Technological University, and the University of North Dakota.
President Schulz is a graduate of Old Dominion University, and received his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech. He is Chair of the NCAA board of governors, a fellow of the the American Society of Engineering Education, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education. He also serves on the boards of Cereal Food Processors, the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, the Kansas Bio science Authority, and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Schulz is active in the Boy Scouts of America, and has been recognized for service and patriotism by the Topeka Military Order of World Wars, as well as the Discovery Center Foundation for Kansas State University’s support of the Konza Prairie. He is also the recipient of the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
He is married to Dr. Noel Nunnally Schulz, associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering and the Paslay Professor of Electrical Engineering at Kansas State University. They have two sons, Andrew and Tim.
Last Update September 19, 2017