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Office of University Relations
600 Park St.
Hays, KS 67601-4099
office: (785) 628-4208
fax: (785) 628-4152
home: (785) 625-8493
Kent Steward came to Fort Hays State University in the summer of 1997 as director designate of university relations and he assumed the position of director in the spring of 1998 upon the retirement of Bob Lowen. Previously, Kent was the manager of corporate communications for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Hays. He also has experience as a media consultant, and he was a journalist for almost 20 years, the last 10 as managing editor of The Hays Daily News. Kent received a BA degree in English from Pittsburg State University in 1977 and completed his MLS degree at FHSU in 2002.
office: (785) 628-4480
Kurt Beyers joined the University Relations' staff as assistant director in June 1998. In his capacity as assistant director, he also serves as head of the news bureau. Previously, Kurt was a supervisor and telephone service technician at Sykes Enterprises of Hays. He was news editor of Hays Daily News for 11 years. Kurt received a BGS degree from Pittsburg State University in 1979.
office: (785) 628-4521
Mary Ridgway came to Fort Hays State University in August 1992 as graphic designer in the Office of University Relations. Prior to that, she worked at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, from 1980-1992, in several positions including medical graphic artist, instructional graphic artist and publications graphic designer. Mary also worked as a free-lance designer and illustrator for Baker and Associates Creative Marketing in Dayton. Mary received a BA degree from DePauw University, Green Castle, Ind., in 1980, received a Certificate in Professional Writing from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, in 1985, and completed her MFA degree at FHSU in 1999.
office: (785) 628-4206
Marcia Tacha began her career as senior administrative assistant in the Office of University Relations in July 2005 and was promoted to administrative specialist in Dec. 2007. Marcia previously worked for the FHSU Foundation for 10 months and for the Kansas Court of Appeals in Topeka for 17 years. She is a native of Norton and earned her A.G.S. in 2011 and B.S. in Justice Studies in May 2014, both from FHSU.