April Mason

April Mason
April Mason serves as the Provost and Senior Vice President of Kansas State University. She assumed that position in January, 2010. Mason serves as Kansas State University's Chief Academic Officer, with the important duty of oversight of the academic dimensions of the university and to ensure the university's academic standards. In cooperation with the president and the Deans Council, Mason provides leadership in the development, review, and operationalization of policies and goals regarding instruction, research and outreach programs.

The deans of the nine academic colleges, the libraries, Graduate School, and the Division of Continuing Education report to Mason. Kansas State University has three campuses that also report to Mason: Manhattan, Salina and Olathe. University offices also associated with the Office of the Provost include: Information Technology Services, Diversity, International Programs, and the Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Mason came to K-State from the position of dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University. In this position, April gave leadership to the academic programs of the College. Before Colorado State University, Mason was on the faculty and served as an administrator at Purdue University in the College of Consumer and Family Science and the Department of Foods and Nutrition.

April holds her doctorate degree in Nutrition and her master's degree in Botany from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN and her undergraduate degree in Biology from University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Mason’s faculty home at Kansas State University is as a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition. Her primary research areas have been food security and nutrient availability from plant food products. April has traveled extensively with her research work, most notably in Costa Rica and Indonesia.

Anne Ryder

Ann Ryder
Anne Ryder is a freelance television journalist, writer and national speaker.

In 2010 Anne was inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame.

She maintains a freelance reporting relationship with WTHR, Channel 13, contributes to several magazines, and is an interim host on the program “Sound Medicine” on National Public Radio.

Anne stepped away from the anchor desk in 2004 in search of more family balance following a medical emergency.

Anne's reporting of “Hope to Tell” has taken her all over the world, from war-time Bosnia and the Kosovo- Albanian conflict, to Northern Ireland, to Calcutta, India.

Anne interviewed the Dalai Lama and was the only American reporter in more than a decade to be granted a sit-down interview with Mother Teresa, the final interview the nun gave before her death.

Her stories of hope and faith earned 16 regional Emmy Awards and five national honors, including 2 Edward R Murrow awards for excellence in television.

Anne graduated from the Journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds Honorary Doctorates from three other Universities.

Indianapolis-born and raised, Anne has supports Riley Hospital for Children, cancer causes, homeless initiatives, and prisoner rehabilitation.

The daughter she carried in her womb to Calcutta is now in high school.