Dr. Kay Schallenkamp
14th President of Emporia State University, 1997 to 2006
A native of Salem, South Dakota, Dr. Schallenkamp earned a doctorate in communication disorders from the University of Colorado in 1982. She also received a master's degree from the University of South Dakota and a bachelor's degree from Northern State.
Dr. Schallenkamp began her career in higher education in 1973 as a professor of communication disorders at Northern State University in South Dakota. She served as department chair from 1982-84 and was named dean of graduate studies and research in 1984. In 1988, she was named provost of Chadron State College and in 1992, provost of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She was active in numerous professional associations including the North Central Association – Higher Learning Commission, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. She served on more than 25 accreditation teams and served as the team chair for visits to Japan and England. She served as a Commissioner of the North Central Association – Higher Learning Commission. She chaired the Board of Trustees for the National Teachers Hall of Fame and served on the Executive Committee of The Renaissance Group and the Board of Directors for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She also served as chair of the Presidents Council of NCAA Division II.
During Dr. Schallenkamp's tenure at ESU she stabilized enrollment. Several years of decline preceded Schallenkamp's tenure and an accomplishment was a reversal of the trend. She created a graphic identity standard for the University. The "Power E" replaced multiple logos and improved recognition of ESU. She improved statewide recognition of ESU and improved its statewide visibility. She built a student recreation center, addressing a longtime need for more recreational and social opportunities for students. Also under her leadership, the endowment pool in the ESU Foundation increased and she initiated the Presidential Scholars program, allowing the automatic offer of a scholarship to those with high ACT scores. This initiative improved recruiting.
Dr. Schallenkamp ended her career at Emporia State University to become the ninth president of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.