Fred Cholick, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation since February 2010, has announced his plans to retire in early 2015. Cholick came to the foundation with an extensive record of achievement in academic leadership including six years at Kansas State University as dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.
During Cholick’s tenure, total philanthropic giving rose from $99.5 million in fiscal year 2011 to $211 million in fiscal year 2014.
“We would like to thank Fred for his leadership of the foundation,” said Gen. Richard Myers (Ret.), chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors. “Under his leadership the foundation has grown in every measure of effectiveness, and there is absolutely no doubt the foundation is in better shape to fulfill its mission to support Kansas State University than ever before.”
“It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to serve as the president and CEO of the KSU Foundation,” Cholick said. “It has been one of the most rewarding of my career in many ways. The great memories I have from meeting with K-Staters coast-to-coast will be with me for the rest my life.”
The recruitment and selection process is underway for Cholick’s successor. A search committee comprised of the executive committee of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors: Richard Myers, Rand Berney, Janet Ayers, Kevin Lockett and Curt Frasier, with the addition of Duane Cantrell (former board chair), Steve Lacy (board member at large) and university representative Tim de Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, has been convened. Executive search firms from across the country were interviewed by the committee, and the firm Witt/Kieffer, Oak Brook, Illinois, was selected. It is the intention of the search committee to have a new CEO selected during the fall with a start date near the beginning of the year.