Emporia State names new president

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Allison Garrett is the new president of Emporia State University, officials announced Thursday.

The Kansas Board of Regents voted to approve the appointment and introduced Garrett during a special meeting on the Emporia State campus Thursday.

“I come before you today confident that the board has selected the person we believe is the right fit for today and for the future of Emporia State University,” said Shane Bangerter, chairman of the Board of Regents, in a written statement.

Garrett is executive vice president at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Before that appointment, she served as senior vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Okla.; associate professor of law at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.; vice president of benefits and compliance and vice president and general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

A native of Neosho, Mo., Garrett received her law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law and a bachelor of arts in English from Oklahoma Christian College.

Garrett serves on the board of directors for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. While teaching law at Faulkner University, Garrett served as the faculty adviser to the law review and was voted Professor of the Year in 2006.

Following Thursday’s announcement, Garrett and her husband, Chip, were introduced to members of the Emporia State community during a reception. Garrett will begin her presidency in January.

She will replace Michael Shonrock, who became president of Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Mo. Jacqueline Vietti, former president of Butler Community College, is serving as interim president.

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