May 26, 2011


(TOPEKA) – Today, Board of Regents’ Vice Chairman Ed McKechnie, of Arcadia, issued the following statement regarding Governor Sam Brownback’s signing the University Engineering Initiative Act into law:

“Governor Brownback’s approval of the University Engineering Initiative Act marks nearly three years’ work to address the state’s need for engineers. The Board appreciates the vision of the Legislature and the Governor in making the University Engineering Initiative Act a reality and recognizing the critical role that higher education plays as an economic engine for Kansas. This cooperative approach to address the shortage of engineers showcases the best of our universities, industry leaders, and legislative leadership.”

“Kansas has a need to produce additional engineers to help lead our economy and create jobs in every area of our state. New funding has been identified, and business and industry have committed to match that money. Kansas’ three engineering schools will be held accountable to produce results. I am confident our team of nationally-recognized faculty and administrators will exceed expectations at every level.”

“The Board will work with the three schools to assemble our recommendations for the Secretary of Commerce, and we look forward to going to work to meet the critical needs of the state.”


About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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