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Hammond expected to stay at FHSU as consultant





Fort Hays State University President Edward Hammond's retirement announcement at a news conference Wednesday came as a surprise to many, but it wasn't a hasty decision.

"The (Kansas Board of) Regents and I have been working on this for over a year and a half," Hammond said.

He and the Regents set this date to announce his retirement last summer.

Hammond said he wanted to wait until after school started "to get the school year off on right foot," he said.

Then there was homecoming and the media tour of 20 cities. He waited until after both of those because the emphasis at homecoming should be on FHSU, and the media questions should be about FHSU, not him.

"I wanted to talk about what Fort Hays does. What our faculty does every day to make changes in students' lives."

Though his retirement begins June 30, 2014, Hammond likely will be a part of the University for some time.

Regents Chairman Fred Logan said he expects when the board meets in November, it will "formally ask Dr. Hammond to serve for a year as a consultant."

After his stint as a consultant, Hammond likely will take a sabbatical.

According to the FHSU rules, Hammond can "take a phased retirement as a faculty member," Logan said.

Hammond also has expressed an interest in teaching.

The Regents will conduct a national search for the next FHSU president.

"We will have a great candidate selected, I hope, by the end of May," Logan said.