Emporia State University is planning full implementation of its new Honors College by fall 2015, and it has chosen a leader for the new venture.
Provost Dr. David Cordle announced Dr. Gary Wyatt as received a one-year appointment as both Honors College director and associate provost. Cordle says Dr. Wyatt is the right man for the job.
Wyatt has served as the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2008. A sociology professor, Wyatt currently teaches four courses and may continue teaching to some degree with the appointment. Wyatt has served on the Faculty Senate and helped to design and implement the Hershel and Augusta Shepherd Scholars Program with the help of Roe Cross Distinguished Professors on campus. Wyatt has been part of the ESU faculty since 1988 after receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from Utah State and his Ph.D. from Washington State.
Cordle says the Honors College will be very beneficial to ESU.
Some enhancements are anticipated by August.
The Honors College is moving forward after lawmakers approved $1 million for the work. Gov. Sam Brownback signed the bill last week.
Dr Gary Wyatt will join KVOE's 8:05am newscast Wednesday.
KVOE News Reporter AJ Dome contributed to this article.