Jon Wefald, former Kansas State University president, dead at 84

Kansas State University lost a legend this week after it was reported that Jon Wefald, a former university president, had passed away at the age of 84, according to WIBW.

The outlet noted that Wefald passed away as a result of a heart attack.

“The K-State Family is deeply saddened to learn of former K-State President Jon Wefald’s passing,” current university president Richard Linton said. “Dr. Wefald’s legacy is one of transformation, growth and true passion for our great university. Our condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Wefald was highly respected and revered for his lifetime of work, which made it not surprising that an outpouring of tributes flooded social media upon news of his passing, including one from Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS).

K-State podcaster Cole Manbeck wrote, “A decade ago Jon Wefald wrote a 2-page letter of recommendation to my current employer. He once called me on a Saturday night & talked to me for the entirety of my 2-hour drive. I loved listening to him tell stories. A tremendous person & leader who did great things for KSU. RIP”

Greg Willems, president and CEO, KSU Foundation, tweeted, “K-State lost a legend today. Jon Wefald was an extraordinary member of the K-State family, and our great university would not be what it is today without his outstanding leadership. He will be greatly missed.”

“K-State lost a legend today. Jon Wefald was an extraordinary member of the K-State family, and our great university would not be what it is today without his outstanding leadership. He will be greatly missed,” The Witchita Eagle noted.

Clearly, Dr. Wefald will be missed by many, and his legacy never forgotten.