Thomas Rawson, associate vice chancellor for administration and finance at Kansas University, was appointed today as vice president for administration and finance at Kansas State University.
Rawson's new position in Manhattan will begin Feb. 18.
"It's a professional advancement," Rawson said today. "I think it's an exciting professional opportunity. It will give me a much broader range of work."
He said his work at KSU would include fiscal matters, computing and telecommunications, facility operations and planning and personnel.
"These were outside of my current job," Rawson said. "I have to say, though, that I enjoyed working with Chancellor Budig and Executive Vice Chancellor Ramaley."
Rawson's last day in Lawrence will be Feb. 17. He said he would continue to commute from his home in Topeka.
Rawson was named the director of business and fiscal affairs at KU in February 1987. That position changed to associate vice chancellor for administration and finance last year, he said.
He served as a research officer for the Board of Regents from 1974 to 1983 and director of planning and budget from 1983 to 1987. Rawson's bachelor's degree in science education and master's in mathematics came from KSU in 1965 and 1970. He completed a doctorate in educational administration in 1975 from the University of New Mexico.
The appointment came from KSU President Jon Wefald.
"We are indeed fortunate to have him on our administrative team," Wefald said in a prepared statement. "I am confident that under his leadership, our students, faculty, staff and the university will be well served as we meet the challenges of the 1990s and beyond."