By Sian Lazell
February 3, 2017
President of Kansas State University (KSU) Richard B Myers has joined the board of directors at US firm TechAccel.
TechAccel is based in Overland Park, Kansas, and is a technology and venture development organization focused on animal health and agriculture.
General Myers holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from KSU. He joined the US Air Force through the university's ROTC program and retired as a four-star general.
During his time with the Air Force, his significant commands included: North American Aerospace Defense Command; US Space Command and Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; and the 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
General Myers was appointed vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Clinton in 2000. From 2001-2005, he served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the principal military adviser to the US President, Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. General Myers has also received numerous awards for his service, including Legion of Merit, French Legion of Honor, and Presidential Medal of Freedom.
General Myers is also a KSU foundation professor of military history and leadership. He and his wife additionally serve as co-chairs of the KSU Innovation and Inspiration Campaign, which is aiming to raise $1 billion.
TechAccel was established in 2014 by co-founder, president and chief executive Michael Helmstetter, KSU, and the Bicknell Family Holding Company.
General Myers joins a board of founding investors at the firm that includes: Marty Bicknell, chief executive of Mariner Holdings; Paul DeBruce, chief executive of DeBruce Cos; Gary Forsee, former chief executive of Sprint; Greg Graves, former chief executive of Burns & McDonnell; Cliff Illig, vice chairman of Cerner; Roshann Parris, chief executive of Parris Communications; John Sherman, chief executive of MLP Holdings.
Dr Helmstetter said: "From my past experience working with General Myers on the board of MRIGlobal, I know he will bring invaluable leadership as an advocate for the advancement of technology in agriculture and animal health.
Board chairman Terry Dunn added: "The company is delighted to have the backing of the KSU president. We've already been partners with KSU researchers supporting several TechAccel programs, and this affirms our business model while cementing a strong, forward-looking relationship."
General Myers said: "KSU and TechAccel have proven to be powerful collaborators in identifying innovations in agriculture and advancing them toward market. KSU has a depth of agricutural expertise that aligns beautifully with TechAccel's investment capital and research management. We share the common goal of advancing agriculture and animal health tech innovations." Reprinted with permission of Animal Pharm News