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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

KSU athletic director Krause announces resignation

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— Less than a year after taking over as Kansas State's athletics director, Bob Krause announced Tuesday that he is leaving that job to direct fundraising for a new K-State campus in Olathe.

Krause's resignation is effective March 31. He took the job as athletics director in April 2008 after serving as the university's vice president for institutional advancement. He has been with Kansas State for 23 years.

University President Jon Wefald says deputy athletics director Jim Epps will serve as interim athletics director until a replacement is selected. Wefald, who is retiring after the current academic year, added that the new A.D. will be chosen by the school's next president.

"For almost a year now, I have worked with the athletics department since this has been a high priority for the university as it makes a transition of leadership in the president's office," Krause said in a written statement released by the university. "I believe the department is in very good shape."

In his new position as director of development for Kansas State's Olathe Innovation Campus, Krause will lead fundraising efforts for the suburban Kansas City facility, which has been in the works for about a decade.

"Over the last 10 years we have worked hard to establish a campus in the Kansas City area related to developing food safety and security as the university's top academic and research priority," Krause said.

He said that although funding is in place for the first building on the new campus, more money is needed to pay for the rest of the project.

"I enthusiastically look forward to this new assignment," he said.

Since joining the Kansas State staff in 1986 as director of student affairs, Krause has worn many hats and been closely associated with athletics.

Among the most noteworthy events of Krause's one-year tenure were the firing of football coach Ron Prince three months after giving him a five-year contract extension, and the hiring of popular former Wildcats coach Bill Snyder, who was responsible for turning the football program around after taking over in the late 1980s.

Comments

jayhawkinATL 10 years, 12 months ago

Considering the current state of KSU athletics, I'd quit too!!!

100 10 years, 11 months ago

With the KSU AD leaving, how long will Synder last as football coach? If you were a high school recruit, it seems like a pretty shaky situation there at KSU. Four years ago, he already burned one group of KSU recruits by quitting (retiring). Will the 2009 class get burnt by Synder too?

Rick Arnoldy 10 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like he was "interim" from the beginning without announcing it. I'm surprised it didn't happen earlier with Snyder being announced as AD.

kuhawksr1 10 years, 11 months ago

So, Snyder assumes dual role??? AD and Head FB coach?

jco8394 10 years, 11 months ago

So he's head football coach and athletic director...wow they are turning into a high school

jaybate 10 years, 11 months ago

Have you heard KSU's new fight song? Its an old country western classic: "I'm Down, But I Keep Falling."Word is Dalonte will become the new AD.Seriously, Frank Martin and Dalonte better put their houses up for sale now.

ytf23 10 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure the $1.35 M spent on Ron Prince's buyout from the extension would have been (marginally) better used on K-State's academic fundraising. Knowing this, one would think that people might think twice before handing this new director of fundraising some of their hard earned money (then again, we are talking about K-Staters... who just made the bright decision to give him this new position). Since Krause so obviously crapped the bed regarding Prince's extension, maybe he should cough up some funds before begging others to fork it over.

Hawkish4bigM 10 years, 11 months ago

I agree with NJhawk. WTF is the State of Kansas doing? Government seems to think it can just create jobs out of thin air. Actually, I think this is a move by some KStaters to spread their influence East and hopefully capture a bigger fan base, more KC recruits, and so forth. Whatever it is, it is a significant waste of State resources.

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