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Management Team

Derek Jackson, Ph.DDirector of Housing and Dining Services
Associate Vice President for 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
Ph.D Student Affairs in Higher Education, Kansas State University, 2015

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: Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health


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 food, nutrition, dietetics and health.

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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
Skyler HarperAssociate Director for Facilities Managementharper@k-state.edu785-532-6466

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 Cook, Ph.DAssociate Director for Departmental Initiatives

Kevin CookKevin's Bio

As 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 Student Success Center staff and the tutoring program. Kevin advises the Housing and Dining Ambassadors as well as the Social Justice Alliance.


B.S. Biology, Southeast Missouri State University, 1998
M.A. Student Affairs Administration, Ball State University, 1999
Ph.D Student Affairs in Higher Education, Kansas State University, 2018

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

Nick LanderNick's Bio

Nick has served the department in its student living 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 Community 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
Camille Korenek, R.D., L.D.Assistant Director Housing and Dining Services, Registered Dietitian
Instructor: Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Camille KorenekCamille's Bio

Camille began her career at K-State in 1989, and has served as service and sanitation manager at Kramer Dining Center, assistant unit director at Derby Dining Center, unit director at Van Zile Dining Center and is an Assistant Director, Dining over Derby Dining Center.

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Camille oversees the leadership team and operations at Derby Dining Center as well as develops policies and procedures for the dining program. As an instructor in the department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, she assists with the teaching of Management in Dietetics Practicum.


B.S. Home Economics, Dietetics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1987
M.Ag. Food Science and Technology, Texas A&M, 1989

Professional Service
  • Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Dietetic Association
  • National Association of College and University Food Services
  • Foodservice Systems Management Education Council
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Kaw Valley Dietetic Association Young Dietitian of the Year (1993)
Melissa Schrader, R.D., L.D.Assistant Director Housing and Dining Services, Registered Dietitian
Instructor: Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Melissa SchraderMelissa's Bio

Melissa joined the department in 2001 as a production and special projects dietitian. Now the unit director at Kramer Dining Center, she directs special projects, acts as dining liaison for the Web team and marketing division, and serves on the Nutrition Awareness Committee.

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Melissa also teaches the Quantity Food Production Management course, both on campus and online. K-State's annual culinary enhancement workshop is coordinated by Melissa, as was Jardine Marketplace's LEED Gold certification.


B.S. Food Science and Industry, Kansas State University, 1996
Coordinated Program in Dietetics Graduate, Kansas State University, 2000
M.S. Food Service, Hospitality Management and Dietetics Administration, Kansas State University, 2004

Professional Service
  • National Association of College and University Food Services
    • Midwest Region Information Officer
    • National Marketing Committee
    • Midwest Region Student Membership Taskforce chair
  • Kansas Dietetic Association
    • Nominating Committee Member, 2006
    • Membership Chair, 2003-2005
  • American Dietetic Association Microwave and Home Food Safety Work Group
  • Kansas Dietetic Association
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • USDA Challenge Grant Project; Nutrition Team Member 1999
  • Item writer and reviewer for national credentialing exam for registered dietitians
  • Kansas Dietetic Association Outstanding Dietetic Educator, Didactic Program, 2011
  • Recipient of National Association of College and University Food Services Midwest Region President's Award, 2008
  • Kansas Dietetic Association Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award, 2008
John GreenAssociate Director of Retail Operationsjohngreenksu@k-state.edu 785-691-7699

John GreenJohn's Bio

John is the associate director of retail operations of Housing and Dining Services at K-State. He oversees the retail locations owned and operated by Housing and Dining Services on K-State's Manhattan campus.

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John joined the K-State Housing and Dining department in the spring of 2016. He oversees all Housing and Dining Retail venues and event accommodations on campus. In addition to supervising the Meeting and Event accommodations office, John leads project development for new campus retail venues and initiatives. He directs a team of hospitality professionals working in conjunction with student employees to provide healthy, sustainable, and locally sourced foodservice options on campus. Through his role, he takes pride in developing local partnerships with area merchants, farmers and producers.


B.G.S., Sociology, Economics, University of Kansas, 2013

Professional Service
  • National Association of College and University Foodservice
  • National Restaurant Association
  • Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • Food and Farm Council, City/County Advisory Board - Manhattan and Riley County
  • K-State Guide to Personal Success (GPS) – Program mentor to first year students