K-State Salina is now the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus

Kansas State University-Salina has a new name.
Kansas State University-Salina has a new name.

Kansas State University-Salina has officially changed its name to the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.

K-State officials said the name change highlights the kind of higher learning happening on that campus over the last five decades and focuses on national growth aimed at meeting the needs of tomorrow's careers.

The polytechnic campus, which university officials said will focus on teaching theory through hands-on, interdisciplinary and applied learning, is the only campus of its kind in the state of Kansas. It remains one of the four campuses in the Kansas State University system. The three others are the Manhattan, Olathe and Global campuses.

“A polytechnic identity not only provides a much-needed niche for Kansas State University in the immediate region, but also aligns with our teaching and research mission,” K-State president Kirk Schulz said in a statement released Wednesday.

The name change was approved Wednesday by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Verna Fitzsimmons, CEO and dean of the K-State University Polytechnic Campus, said that even before its name change, the Salina campus had traditionally provided “an educational environment that focuses on applied learning, professional programs and connections to industry.”

“We are ready to take that tradition into the next 50 years,” Fitzsimmons said, “and identifying ourselves as a polytechnic campus perfectly represents who we are and the experience our future students will have here.”

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc