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Jan. 30, 2006
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

Education leaders hail KU provost’s appointment to national association post

LAWRENCE — State and national higher education leaders today hailed as a coup for Kansas the selection of University of Kansas Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger to a leadership post at one of the nation’s top educational organizations.

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges earlier today named Shulenburger as vice president for academic affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization of 214 public universities and land-grant institutions.

“David Shulenburger’s appointment to this important position speaks well of the quality of leadership at the University of Kansas,” said Peter McPherson, the NASULGC president. “NASULGC has been impressed by the university’s ability to respond strategically and successfully to complex and changing times for American higher education.”

Kansas Board of Regents Chair Donna Shank said, “I've always been proud of our public higher education system but this appointment makes me even prouder. For a leading national educational association to pick one of our provosts shows esteem for Dave Shulenburger and for Kansas higher education.”

Reginald Robinson, Regents CEO and president, said “Dave Shulenburger’s selection, aside from the prestige of having a Kansan in the job, will give our system a close connection to an organization that is engaged nationally in the critical educational issues of our time.”

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway called Shulenburger “an extraordinarily incisive academic administrator who earns the respect and trust of all who come in contact with him. He leaves a remarkable record of success at Kansas, and I have no doubt that he will have a similar, positive impact on higher education at the national level.”

Shulenburger, who will take a leave from KU, will join NASULGC in June. In September, Shulenburger announced that he would step down as provost at the end of this academic year. A search is under way for his replacement.

With roots going back to 1887, NASULGC is considered the oldest and one of the nation’s top educational associations. The organization develops policies affecting higher education and the public interest and promotes a federal legislation program to strengthen higher education.

NASULGC informs the public, the media and Congress on a broad range of topics, such as college costs, access to higher education, the economic impact of higher education, distance education, federal support for university research, copyright and intellectual property, educational standards and accountability, international education, information technology and teacher preparation.

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