Former Kansas State President Jon Wefald dies at 84

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Former K-State President Jon Wefald and his wife Ruth Ann listen to Jeh Johnson's Landon Lecture on May 27, 2015, in Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. (Archive photo by Parker Robb | Collegian Media Group)

Former Kansas State president Jon Wefald died of a heart attack on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 84-years-old.

“The K-State Family is deeply saddened to learn of former K-State President Jon Wefald’s passing,” current K-State President Richard Linton said in the university announcement. “Dr. Wefald’s legacy is one of transformation, growth and a true passion for our great university. Our condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Wefald served as president from 1986 to 2009 — the second-longest amount of time for a K-State president — and has his namesake to Wefald Hall, the newest dorm building in the Kramer Dining Complex.

“At the core of his leadership is a ‘can-do,’ ‘will-do’ attitude that never gives up,” Charles Reagan, former assistant to the president, said in a media release after Wefald’s retirement in 2009. “He believes that all things are possible if you have the will to do them.”

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