Gen. Richard Myers (ret.) named president of Kansas State University, Merriam native and alum of Shawnee Mission North

Gen. Myers was at Shawnee Mission North in August to talk about the Kansas State College Advising Corps.
Gen. Myers was at Shawnee Mission North in August to talk about the Kansas State College Advising Corps.

Gen. Richard Myers (ret.) was named the 14th president of his alma mater, Kansas State University, by the Kansas Board of Regents Tuesday.

Myers is a native of Merriam and graduated from Shawnee Mission North in 1960 before attending Kansas State and graduating in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

After completing the Kansas State Reserved Officers Training Corps program, he embarked on a stellar Air Force career that culminated with a four-star general rank and being chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior military advisor to the president from 2001 to 2005.

Myers had been serving as acting president of Kansas State since April.

“General Myers is perfectly positioned to bring K-State into the future, but understands as an alumnus the importance of honoring the traditions and history of this great university,”
Zoe Newton, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, said in a statement.

Myers has maintained close ties with SM North, visiting as recently as August when he visited to publicize the Kansas State College Advising Corps, a new program aimed at helping future first-generation college students succeed.

His path to becoming the nation’s top military officer began immediately after he graduated from K-State.

Gen. Richard Myers (ret.)
Gen. Richard Myers (ret.)

He entered pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, ultimately becoming a command pilot. Myers has more than 4,100 flying hours, primarily in the F-4, F-15 and F-16 fighters, including 600 combat hours in the F-4. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005.

His education continued for many years after leaving Manhattan. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University in 1977; Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base (1977); U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks (1981); and John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he completed a program for Senior Executives in National and International Security (1991).

“The decision was a hard choice because of the quality of candidates that applied,” Regent Dennis Mullin, chair of the K-State Presidential Search Committee, said in a statement. “General Myers surfaced to the top because of his strong leadership and vision.”