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.”
(1/2) “The K-State Family is deeply saddened to learn of former K-State President Jon Wefald's passing. Dr. Wefald's legacy is one of transformation, growth and a true passion for our great university…” -K-State President Richard Linton pic.twitter.com/IfE2AWt3qx
— K-State (@KState) April 16, 2022
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.”