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Debbie Kirchhoff


Debbie KirchhoffDebbie Kirchhoff joined K-State Olathe on May 23, 2016, as the executive director of strategic initiatives. She is responsible for community engagement and outreach in the Greater Kansas City region and identifying opportunities for new initiatives that align with the strengths of Kansas State University. In return, K-State Olathe becomes a springboard for growth opportunities for Kansas State University.

Kirchhoff brings more than 25 years of corporate relations and community engagement experience in the Greater Kansas City region. Prior to her new role at K-State Olathe, she served as director of development for the university's College of Veterinary Medicine starting in 2014. She also served as the director of corporate foundation relations at the Kansas State University Foundation from 2011-2014, during which she she was stationed at K-State Olathe. 

Prior to coming to K-State, she served as Major Gift Director for the University of Missouri-Kansas City's College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that, she held Development Director and Executive Director Positions at not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Kansas City area, including the Kansas Children's Service League, Sunshine Center School, and Safehome.

Debbie holds the Certified Fundraising Executive designation from CFRE International. She earned her undergraduate degree in business from Kansas State University and her Master of Business Administration from Mid-America Nazarene University.

Debbie has lived in Johnson County, Kansas most of her life. She currently lives in Olathe, Kan. with her husband and two children.

Contact Debbie at debbierk@k-state.edu.