Oct 31, 2023

FHSU president Mason to make annual media tour of Kansas in November

Posted Oct 31, 2023 1:05 PM
FHSU President Tisa Mason. File photo 
FHSU President Tisa Mason. File photo 

FHSU University Relations

Fort Hays State University President Tisa Mason’s annual Tour of Kansas kicks off in Hays on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

From Kansas City in the east to Goodland in the west, and from Phillipsburg in the north to Garden City in the south, Mason will stop in large and small towns across Kansas between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14. 

The president’s tour of Kansas is an annual tradition at Fort Hays State that began in 1987. 

Mason plans to discuss several key university initiatives that are making a difference in Kansas during this year’s tour, including: 

• FHSU, North Central Kansas Technical College, and Northwest Kansas Technical College’s Strategic Affiliation Plan to better serve the students, businesses, and communities of rural Kansas 

• New ventures and university academic programs that are making a difference in our state, including FHSU’s Cybersecurity Institute and Technology Incubator, the K-State 105 initiative-funded expansion of FHSU-led Kansas Small Business Development Center services in northwest Kansas, and federal grant-funded growth in nursing and teacher education programs for rural Kansas  

• The university’s key legislative funding requests including the creation of alternative credentials for professional development, a telehealth certification for mental health providers, and nursing workforce development in western Kansas. 

As always, President Mason will also share stories and evidence that demonstrate the unmatched combination of affordability, accessibility, and quality that makes FHSU the best value in education anywhere. 

This year’s tour schedule will be expanded to include several special events highlighting FHSU’s contributions to economic and workforce development across the state. Special events added to this year’s tour include:

• Two strategic affiliation-focused luncheon events on the campuses of North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit (Nov. 1) and at Northwest Kansas Technical College (Nov. 6) 

• Alumni gatherings in Wichita (Nov. 3) and Kansas City (Nov. 14) 

• A breakfast forum on the critical need for nursing professionals in rural Kansas hosted by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce (Nov. 6) 

2023 FHSU President’s Media Tour schedule at a glance:

Nov. 1: Hays, Beloit, and Salina
Nov. 2: Phillipsburg and Topeka
Nov. 3: Wichita 
Nov. 6: Goodland and Colby
Nov. 7: Garden City and Dodge City
Nov. 14: Kansas City

For questions about the 2023 President’s Tour, contact FHSU Chief Communications Officer Scott Cason at 785-628-4208 or [email protected]

For questions about the FHSU alumni events on Nov. 3 and Nov. 14 associated with this year’s tour, contact Alumni Director Carolyn Tatro at 785-628-4526 or [email protected]