A Lawrence resident has been selected as director of the Air Force Academy's liaison officer program for Kansas.
Lt. Col. John Timmer, an Air Force reservist and pilot for American Airlines, will head up the post.
As director of the liaison officer program, Timmer will oversee 30 officers in the state who help high school students wanting to enter the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "There's a lot of work that has to be done.
"The best part of the job is we get to meet and work with a lot of really sharp high school kids," he said.
"Our ultimate goal is to get the best kids we can into the program and show them what the opportunities are."
The program, which includes members of the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and active duty and retired officers, provides information about Air Force educational opportunities to high school counselors and administrators.
The officers also explain Air Force Academy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps programs and admissions procedures to students.
Timmer said the program is different from Air Force recruiting.
"We try to be facilitators once young men and women express interest," he said.
Timmer will administer the program in Kansas and report to the director of admissions at the Air Force Academy.
Timmer is a 1971 graduate of the Air Force Academy and received his law degree from Kansas University in 1985.
His wife, Gloria, is the state budget director.
The Timmers have two daughters, Tracy, a sophomore at KU, and Jennifer, a junior at Lawrence High School.