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Leawood’s Fred Logan to become chairman of Kansas Board of Regents

The Kansas Board of Regents will soon have new leaders.

The Regents elected Fred Logan of Leawood as chairman beginning in July. The vice chairman will be former state Rep. Kenny Wilk of Basehor.

Appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in 2011, Logan is a member of the board’s Fiscal Affairs and Governance committees. He also serves as the board’s representative on the Transfer and Articulation Advisory Council.

Logan served on the Johnson County Community College board. He is an attorney and partner of Logan Logan & Watson in Prairie Village.

“Our state will grow only if it has first-rate universities, community colleges, and technical colleges,” Logan said.

“It is no coincidence that two of our state’s most important initiatives were successful, in part, because of higher education excellence. We won a National Cancer Institute designation for the University of Kansas and beat national competition to land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility for a site adjacent to Kansas State University because of university excellence. Higher education excellence doesn’t just happen – Kansas will have to continue to work at it.”

Appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback in 2011, Wilk is a member of the board’s Fiscal Affairs and Audit Committee and serves as the board’s appointment to the Kansas Bioscience Authority and Kansas Campus Compact. Wilk, a former state representative for the 42nd District, is a Kansas Health Fellow and a past board member for KTEC, Kansas Inc., and the Kansas Historical Society. He serves as a Director with First State Bank & Trust in Tonganoxie.

“The future growth and prosperity of our state depends on having a higher education system aligned with and anticipating the needs of our dynamic economy,” Wilk said.

Logan and Wilk will serve one-year terms.