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Management Team

Derek JacksonDirector of Housing and Dining Services
Associate Vice President of Student Life

Derek JacksonDerek's Bio

Derek is the director of housing and dining services at K-State. He oversees all aspects of the department, including operation of the residence halls, dining centers, facilities maintenance division and more.

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Derek began his housing career as a hall director while completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He then served as area coordinator at the University of Georgia from 1993 to 1997. Derek came to K-State in 1997 after accepting the position of Assistant Director for Residence Life, which he held until 2005 when he was promoted to Associate Director for Administrative Services and Residence Life. In 2011, he assumed the role of director. Derek is now associate director of residence life as well, and oversees the Center for Childhood Development, Counseling Services, the K-State Student Union, Lafene Health Center and Recreational Services.


B.S. Social Sciences, Emporia State University, 1989
M.S. College Student Personnel, Kansas State University, 1993

Professional Service
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers-International
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers, Upper Midwest Region
  • Southeastern Association of Housing Officers
  • American College Personnel Association
  • Student Housing Training Institute - South Africa - Faculty Member, 2012
  • UMR-ACUHO Robert Mosier Professional Enrichment Award, 2009
  • ACUHO-I Foundation of Excellence, 2008
Michael CrowAssociate Director for Administrative Servicesmcrow@k-state.edu785-532-6453

Michael CrowMichael's Bio

Michael transferred to our department from the K-State Office of the Registrar in 2012. He is responsible for strategic leadership in financial planning and analysis, as well as fiscal resource management. Michael supervises the department’s business operations, administrative services and information technology units, and manages the department’s budget.

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As the associate registrar for student information systems at K-State since 2002, Michael directed the testing, training and implementation of the iSIS system. His background includes years of experience in financial services management and accounting at area businesses and state agencies.


B.S. Business Administration-Marketing, 1985
B.A. Political Science, 1985
Master of Business Administration, 1991

Professional Service
  • iSIS Task Force
  • Teachers and Employees Association of Kansas State University- Treasurer
  • American Association of Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Computing and Information Technology Advisory Council
  • K-State Enterprise Authentication System Steering Committee
  • Government and Politics Committee, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • College and University Machine Records (CUMREC) National Communications Committee
  • Chapter author, “Case Study: Task Force Employed by University to Deepen Academic Involvement in PeopleSoft Implementation.” Handbook of Research on Technology Project Management, Planning and Operations, IGI Global, 2009
Mary Molt, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.Associate Director; Assistant Professor Hospitality Management and Dieteticsmarymolt@k-state.edu785-532-0324

Mary MoltMary's Bio

Mary joined the department in 1973 as an administrative dietitian/assistant unit manager at Derby Dining Center and assistant instructor for the Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management and Dietetics program. She has also served as administrative dietitian/unit manager at Kramer Dining Center, director of Derby Dining Center, and her current role as associate director of the department and assistant professor of hospitality management and dietetics.

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Mary is a recipient of the prestigious International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Gold Plate Award.


B.S. Dietetics and Home Economics Education, University of Nebraska - Kearney, 1971
M.S. Foods, Nutrition, Institution Administration, Oklahoma State University, 1977
Ph.D. Human Ecology - Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management and Dietetics, Kansas State University, 1995

Professional Service
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • National Association of College and University Food Services
  • American Dietetic Association
  • International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Gold Plate Award, 2012
  • International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award, 2012
  • National Association of College and University Food Services: Theodore W. Minah (1995); Richard Lichtenfelt (1981, 1986)
  • American Dietetic Association Award of Excellence in Management Practice (1997)
  • Author, Food for Fifty
John Pence, R.D., L.D.Senior Associate Director; Instructor, Hospitality Management and Dieteticsjpence@k-state.edu785-532-0322

John PenceJohn's Bio

John joined the housing and dining services staff in 1963 as a graduate student. In the years since, he has served as manager of K-State's dining centers, instructor of courses in Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management and Dietetics, and his current position of senior associate director.

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John is a recipient of the prestigious International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award.


B.S. Industrial Management, Purdue University, 1963
M.S. Institution Management, Kansas State University, 1970

Professional Service
  • National Association of College and University Food Services: National President (1986-87); Co-Chairman, National Conference (1984); National Treasurer (1979-85)
  • American Dietetics Association
  • Kansas Dietetics Association/Kaw Valley Dietetics Association
  • Management in Food and Nutrition Systems (ADA practice group)
  • Food and Culinary Professionals (ADA practice group)
  • Society for Foodservice Management
  • The International Gold and Silver Plate Society
  • National Association of College and University Food Services Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award, 2000
  • International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award, colleges and universities category, 1987
  • National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Doctorate of Foodservice Medallion, 1987
  • National Association of College and University Food Services Meritorius Service, 1981, 1983, 1985
Skyler HarperAssociate Director for Facilities Managementharper@k-state.edu785-532-6494

Skyler HarperSkyler's Bio

Skyler joined the department in 1995 as assistant director, having worked as a university architect for the K-State planning office since 1988. He's responsible for the physical facilities that house the department, and oversees housekeeping, building maintenance, grounds maintenance and construction duties.

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Other operations supervised by Skyler include master planning, budgeting, facility assessment, project programming, project management, project tracking, proformas, inventory, employee/public safety, code/regulation compliance, contractor/vendor management, contract management, procurement, sustainability, energy management and utilities.


Bachelor of Architecture, Kansas State University, 1982

Professional Service
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers-International/Association of Physical Plant Administrators
  • International Code Council
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Association of State Facilities Administrators
Award-Winning Projects Skyler Managed
  • Holton Hall renovation
  • Hale Library addition/renovation
  • Van Zile Hall renovation
  • Chester Peters Recreation Center addition/renovation
  • Salina Campus Merger Project
  • Jardine Tower Building
  • Jardine Marketplace - LEED Gold Certification
  • Jardine Redevelopment
Kevin CookAssociate Director for Departmental Initiatives

Kevin CookKevin's Bio

As interim associate director, Kevin oversees the leadership, diversity, academic and new student recruitment efforts for students living on campus. He also supervises the marketing and communications office.

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He supervises the departmental initiatives team, the Derby Academic Resource Center staff and the tutoring program. Kevin advises the Housing and Dining Ambassadors as well as the Cultural and Diversity Advocates.


B.S. Biology, Southeast Missouri State University, 1998
M.A. Student Affairs Administration, Ball State University, 1999

Professional Service
  • Upper Midwest Region-Association of College and University Housing Officers
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers-International
Nick LanderAssociate Director for Residence Life

Nick LanderNick's Bio

Nick has served the department in its residence life area since 2008. He works with the housing staff to provide students with a safe, comfortable and learning-centered residential experience.

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Nick also directly supervises the Residence Life Coordinators and is involved with safety and security, crisis management and student conduct. Previously, Nick was the coordinator for leadership development at K-State, and served in housing management roles at the University of Arizona and Ball State University.


B.S. Psychology, Kansas State University, 2001
M.A. Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University, 2003

Professional Service
  • Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College and University Residence Halls
    • Assessment and Information Management Committee, 2009-2010
    • Conference host committee chair, 2008
    • Conference presenter
  • Association of College and University Residence Halls-International