HAYS, Kan. -- The
fourth of five candidates selected as presidential finalists for Fort Hays
State University will visit Hays and meet with campus and community groups on Monday
and Tuesday, April 7-8.
The fourth finalist,
Dr. Michael H. Droge, who will be accompanied by his wife, Molly Droge, M.D., currently
serves as president of Park University, a non-profit, private institution in
Dr. Droge ("o"
as in "toe," "g" and "e" as in "gear":
DRO-ge) has led this master's-level institution since 2009. Park University operates
40 campus centers in 21 states and serves more than 20,000 students annually
with face-to-face, online and blended programs. Prior to his current
appointment, he served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs
at Park (2003-2009), as dean of graduate studies and research at Texas Woman's
University, Denton (2000-2002), and as founding director of the Center for
Student Research Support at Texas Woman’s University (1997-2000). He was
tenured in 1989 at Texas Woman’s University, where he served as a faculty
member in the biology department (1983-2002).
Dr. Droge grew
up on a farm near Leawood and graduated from Stanley Rural High School. He received
his Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Texas Medical
Branch at Galveston; a Master of Science in zoology from Texas Tech University,
Lubbock; and a Bachelor of Arts in biology and German from the University of
Kansas. From 2011-2013, Dr. Droge served as co-chair of the Kansas City Area
Development Council's Higher Education Task Force. In 2014, he was named an
"Icon of Education" for Kansas and Missouri by Ingram’s Magazine; in
2012, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate School of
Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch; and in 2011 he
was named Distinguished Visiting Professor by Taipei Medical University.
is invited and encouraged to meet the candidate at a reception at 4:30 p.m. Monday,
April 7, in the Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall (601 Park St.) on the FHSU
Edward H. Hammond announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2014, in the
fall after serving the university since 1987. Shortly thereafter, the Kansas
Board of Regents initiated the search process by selecting Denis Miller, Phillipsburg,
chair of the FHSU Foundation Board of Trustees, to chair the Presidential
Search Committee. In December, the Regents selected the members of the search committee,
comprising 19 individuals representing FHSU constituencies, such as faculty,
students, administration, staff, alumni, the Hays community and the Board of
pleased with the number of outstanding candidates that have applied for the
presidency at Fort Hays State University," said Miller, "and we look
forward to continuing the process that will lead to selection of a new
The dates for the
last presidential finalist visit are April 10-11. Details will be forthcoming.
information about the FHSU Presidential Search process, visit:
Committee will submit to the Board of Regents its candidate recommendations at
the conclusion of the campus interviews. The Board anticipates naming the next
Fort Hays State University president in late April.