Prema ArasuPULLMAN, Wash. – Prema Arasu, Washington State University vice provost for international programs, has been selected as chief executive officer and vice provost to lead Kansas State University’s newest campus in the Kansas City metropolitan area in Olathe, Kansas.   

She will assume her new responsibilities Oct. 1. WSU Provost Dan Bernardo said an interim vice provost will be named and a search for a permanent replacement will be launched within the next several weeks.

“Dr. Arasu has significantly enhanced WSU’s international visibility and stature, and we have appreciated her work,” Bernardo said.

“The K-State position is exciting at this stage of my career,” said Arasu. “I will be working closely with a variety of stakeholders in government, industry and the community, together with the president, provost and faculty at the Manhattan flagship campus, to establish some new and innovative projects in research and education in the Kansas City area.”

Arasu serves as WSU’s representative on the executive committees of the Washington State China Relations Council and the Commission for International Initiatives of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. She is principal director of WSU’s multi-faculty project in Indonesia, “A smart strategic coalition for sustainable agricultural and economic development,” funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.