Kansas State University


K-State College of Education

Yunk named KELI executive director

Dan Yunk, a respected and nationally recognized leader, has been named the executive director of the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute, or KELI.

Yunk, who earned an Ph.D. in educational administration, will replace outgoing Executive Director Mary Devin, who is returning to full-time graduate teaching.

Yunk retired as superintendent of Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 and most recently retired from Kansas Farm Bureau as the chief executive officer. He brings decades of leadership to his newest position.

Dean Debbie Mercer is excited about Yunk’s role in the college.

Dan Yunk joins the College of Education.

“Dan has been not only a key alum for us, but also a philanthropist, an award establisher and now, a colleague,” Mercer said. “We are anxious to tap into Dan’s vast leadership reservoir and support him as he provides the best programs possible for superintendents and principals in Kansas.”