Barnhart’s new role as associate dean of research at K-State Salina aligns with university’s 2025 plan

After seven years as the head of the aviation department at Kansas State University Salina, Kurt Barnhart has been promoted to associate dean of research and engagement. A new position on the campus, Barnhart’s role will help move K-State Salina toward reaching the universitywide goal of being a Top 50 public research institution by the year 2025.

Kurt Barnhart has been promoted to the role of associate dean of research and engagement at Kansas State University Salina.

“President Schulz has set the bar high for K-State’s future, and our campus intends on fully contributing to meeting those objectives,” said Verna Fitzsimmons, CEO and dean of K-State Salina. “Kurt has been a strong, committed and knowledgeable leader of our aviation department and has built invaluable relationships with a variety of industries. I am so pleased to have him in this role and I can’t wait to see the partnerships he facilitates for our faculty and their research projects.”

Although Barnhart will still retain his title of executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center, he will now broaden his focus across every program at K-State Salina. Faculty members can collaborate with Barnhart on new research ideas. He’ll provide feedback, review proposals, assess budgets and connect them with funding opportunities as well as link them with ongoing research projects on the Manhattan campus. Barnhart also hopes to encourage educational exploration within the K-State Salina student body. Read more