One reason visiting scholars enjoy coming to KSU is the opportunity it provides for interaction and collaboration with our own well-known faculty. Unfortunately, an important professor in the department has departed for career advancement. Joe Aistrup, who served as Head of the department from 2002 to 2009 and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2013, became the new Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University in Alabama in August. Aistrup had an extremely positive impact on the department during his tenure as Head, and his influence will be felt for years to come.
“Manhattan has been a wonderful home for me and my family,” Aistrup said. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the college’s faculty and students over the years. We will truly miss our friends and colleagues but are also looking forward to this new opportunity and the challenges that lay ahead.” We wish Dean Aistrup all the best at Auburn – unless, of course, his Tigers meet the Wildcats in a bowl game!