Schulz Family papers

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Schulz Family papers


  • 2009-2014 (Creation)


1.50 Linear Feet, 1.00 Box, 1 poster in oversize cabinet drawer.

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Biographical history

Kirk and Noel Schulz were married in 1987 after meeting as students at Virginia Tech. Kirk served as the thirteenth president of Kansas State University, 2009 to 2016, and Noel was associate dean for research and graduate programs in the university's College of Engineering and director of the Engineering Experiment Station.
Kirk Herman Schulz was born to Carl and Judy Schulz in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1963. He attended Old Dominion University before transferring to Virginia Tech in 1984, graduating from there with his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering in 1986 and 1991, respectively. Noel Nunnally Schulz was born in Virginia in 1966 to Charles "Butch" and Joan Nunnally. She met Kirk while attending Virginia Tech, graduating from there with her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering in 1988 and 1990, respectively. In 1995, she received her Ph.D. in the same field of study from the University of Minnesota.
Kirk and Noel Schulz have two children, Timothy and Andrew. The family lived in Virginia from 1987 to 1991 while Kirk and Noel attended school, after which they moved to North Dakota as Kirk became an assistant professor and Noel was an instructor at the University of North Dakota. In 1995, the family moved to Michigan where Kirk and Noel had professorships at Michigan Technological University. Kirk received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and Noel received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2000. Kirk and Noel then moved to Mississippi State University in 2001 where Kirk began as director of the school of chemical engineering and Noel was associate professor of electrical engineering. By 2009, Kirk was vice president for research and economic development and Noel was the Tennessee Valley Authority professor in power systems engineering. They came to Kansas State University in 2009 when Kirk began his presidency and Noel became the LeRoy C. and Aileen H. Paslay professor of electrical and computer engineering. In 2012, Noel became associate dean for research and graduate programs in the university's College of Engineering and director of the Engineering Experiment Station.
In April 2016, Kirk left K-State to become the president of Washington State University in June 2016. Noel became a professor in the Washington State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

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Scope and content

These papers include correspondence, photographs, publications, audio/visual items, events ephemera, and a poster.  The papers span from early 2009 to early 2011 and document the Schulz family’s activities after moving to Manhattan, Kansas.   These activities included Kirk Schulz’s presidency at Kansas State University, K-State sporting events, partnerships with Fort Riley, and Noel Schulz’s work with women’s issues.  The correspondence in this collection is predominately cards sent to the family for the inauguration of Kirk Schulz, and others wishing the family well.  The publications consist mainly of newspapers and other materials documenting the Schulz inauguration, as well as other major events at Kansas State University that included athletic competitions and the hiring of major Kansas State personnel.  The remainder of the material in the collection pertains to the presidency of Kirk Schulz.

System of arrangement

The collection consists of seven series: 1) Correspondence; 2) General; 3) Photographs; 4) Publications; 5) Audiovisual; 6) Events; and 7) Posters.

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No access restriction:  All materials are open for research.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

Material donated by Noel Schulz and assigned accesion number U2011.15 with additional accurals being assigned numbers U2012.61, U2013.56, U2014.56, U2015.32, and 2015-16.061.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Noel Schulz
Acqusition Method: Donation
Acqusition Date: 20110422

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These records document aspects of the family life of the university president and their involvement in the community and campus.


4/22/2011, 12/31/2012, 12/31/2013, 12/30/2014, 6/30/2015, and 3/30/2016

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  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Schulz family papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Finding Aid Author: James Smith
Processing Info: Project archivist James Smith processed and described materials in July 2013.  He created the series arrangement because no original order existed. Additional accruals added by processor Audrey Swartz in May 2018.
Publication Date: 2013-07-17

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