As Chief Operating Officer of the Kansas State University Olathe Campus, Dean Vakas is responsible for the management of all aspects of financial, facilities, human resources, information technology and general administration. He was formerly Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration at Park University. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of URS Corporation responsible for all Kansas City based engineering operations supporting federal, state and local government agencies, as well as Fortune 500 and other private industry clients.
The past includes a 30 year Army career with several notable professional highlights: Director of Academic Operations of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth helping to educate 16,000 student officers annually and helping to provide professional development oversight for the 300-member faculty; Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer of the Defense Logistics Agency, DoD's $35 billion supply chain business; and First Armored Division Brigade Commander.
He is the Kansas President of the National Defense Transportation Association and serves on the boards of the Olathe Public Library System and the Johnson County Animal Response Team. He is also a Planning Commissioner for the City of Olathe.
Vakas has a MBA from Syracuse University; a MS in National Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; a Masters in Military Arts & Science from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College; and a BS in Sociology & Political Science from Emporia State University.