Elizabeth Ann Buschlen Unger

Title: Vice Provost, Dean Emeritus
Company: Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan, Kansas, United States

Elizabeth Ann Buschlen Unger, Vice Provost at Kansas State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.

Prior to embarking upon her professional journey, Dr. Unger pursued a formal education at Michigan State University. There, she attained a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1961 with the highest honors, followed by a Master of Science in mathematics in 1963. She later attended the University of Kansas, where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in computer sciences in 1978 with distinction.

For more than five decades, Dr. Unger excelled at Kansas State University in an array of positions. She served as an associate director of the computer center, professor of computer science, and associate dean of the graduate school. Eventually, she was promoted to the role of the vice provost for academic services and technology and dean of continuing education in 1994. She remained active in this combined position until her retirement in 2007. Earlier in her career, Dr. Unger was a faculty member and a user services director at Michigan State University. She also worked at IBM as an applied science representative.

Civically, Dr. Unger has served as the president of the Breadbasket. She serves on and is the former president of the McCain Performance Series Board and the Kansas State University Gardens Board. She played a significant role in the 1970s to provide more equality for female athletes at Kansas State University, in the Big 8 conference, and in the NCAA. Her mentors as a young professional include Dr. Gerry Weeg, Dr. Wayne von Tersch, Dr. James Coffman, and Admiral Grace Hopper. Now retired, Dr. Unger enjoys practicing photography and woodworking, as well as exploring genealogy, in her spare time.

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