Vice President for Administration and Finance

Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

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Kansas State University (K-State)

Vice President for Administration and Finance

Kansas State University (K-State) seeks an experienced, creative, and skilled administrator to serve as its next vice president for administration and finance (VPAF).

Kansas State University is a comprehensive, research, land-grant institution serving students and the people of Kansas, the nation, and the world. Since its founding in 1863, the university has evolved into a modern institution of higher education, committed to quality programs, and responsive to a rapidly changing world and the aspirations of an increasingly diverse society. Research and other creative endeavors comprise an essential component of K-State’s mission. All faculty members contribute to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, applications, and products. These efforts, supported by public and private resources, are conducted in an atmosphere of open inquiry and academic freedom.

Kansas State University and its 1,300 faculty educate more than 20,000 total students and provide some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world. The university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a premier public research university. The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options. The Graduate School offers more than 159 graduate degrees and certificates in multiple disciplines. The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation’s best colleges, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities designated Kansas State University as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. Commonly referred to as K-State, the university is proud of its welcoming environment and considers all K-Staters as family.

The incoming vice president will report directly to President Richard Linton, who began his duties as K-State’s new president on February 14, 2022. The VPAF will be responsible for providing strategic financial management, oversee the campus wide budgeting processes and manage capital planning. Furthermore, the VPAF will manage various administrative and operations management of the campus, including but not limited to risk management, compliance, and public safety.

Specific units reporting to the vice president include: University Budget Office, Administrative Support Center, Internal Audit, Division of Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety, Parking Services, Campus Police, and Risk and Compliance. The next vice president for administration and finance should be a savvy financial leader with broad leadership experience and administrative capabilities. The VPAF should be a service-oriented professional with strong change management skills, and the ability to set a vision for the finance and administration division that supports and aligns with the campus’s overall mission, goals, and objectives.

The VPAF should bring exceptional communication skills and have a strong track record of leading and managing teams collaboratively and effectively. A master’s degree is required as well as 10 or more years of relevant experience. More information can be found at

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Kansas State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by July 26, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Randi Miller at [email protected].

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Kansas State University's beautiful limestone buildings and friendly campus are home to some of the nation's happiest students, according to the Princeton Review. In addition to being repeatedly ranked as one of the country's best-run colleges, the nation's first operational land-grant institution boasts top-tier research in a family atmosphere. 

In short, Kansas State University is a great place to work.

The university is hard at work achieving its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025, and employees on every level play an integral role. In addition to outstanding benefits — including health insurance, retirement, and sick and vacation leave —employees receive tuition assistance for themselves and their immediate families.

Kansas State University has three campuses located in Manhattan, Salina and Olathe, Kansas, as well as a Global Campus, home to numerous online educational opportunities for students. The largest campus is in Manhattan, a 50,000-plus classic college town. The city embraces the university's vibrant atmosphere, and vice versa. In fact, Kansas State University was recently ranked No. 2 in the nation for campus and community relations by the Princeton Review. The combination of university life and a surrounding laid-back atmosphere make the community a great place to call home. Its many amenities include:

  • Big 12 sporting events, including football, baseball, basketball and more. The university has 16 varsity athletic teams.
  • A newly renovated recreation complex featuring 25,000 square feet of cardiovascular equipment and weights, two tracks, and multiple activity courts.
  • Cultural events, Broadway musicals and nationally known performers at the university's McCain Performance Series.
  • The Landon Lecture Series features national leaders, such as Supreme Court justices, former presidents and military commanders.
  • A revitalized downtown offering eclectic shopping, local restaurants and the new Flint Hills Discovery Center.
  • The Konza Prairie is located in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas and features the largest remaining area of tallgrass prairie in North America.


Learn more about the university, its employees and your future at Kansas State University.

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