McCracken's new job brings him back to his native Kansas after seven years at a medical school in Chicago.

"This is a higher-level position," he said. "I'll be overseeing not only financial (matters) but also administrative, human resources, facility management — really all the core services that allow the students and faculty to succeed."

McCracken, 32, grew up in Ness City and obtained his master's degree in health services administration from the University of Kansas. After working at a Veterans Administration facility for a year, he became business officer at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago.

McCracken will be chief advisor on a variety of issues to Dean H. David Wilson at the Wichita school, which has a $25 million budget and is expanding to a full four-year campus this fall. McCracken started work there earlier this month.

McCracken and his wife, Katie, have a 2-year-old son. Off the job, McCracken says he enjoys sports, "anything outdoors" and spending time with his family.