April Mason serves as the provost and senior vice president of Kansas State University. As the university's chief academic officer, Provost Mason provides oversight and leadership to the academic dimensions of the university and ensures the university's academic standards. She serves as the second-ranking administrator, responsible for undergraduate and graduate academic programs on three campuses.
Since her arrival at Kansas State University in January of 2010, Mason has worked closely with the president as a key driver of the K-State 2025 strategic plan and is committed to achieving significant progress toward K-State becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025. In cooperation with the Deans Council and university governance councils, she has developed, reviewed, and operationalized a number of policies and goals regarding instruction, research, and outreach programs.
Mason came to K-State from the position of dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University, where she provided leadership to the academic programs of the college. Before Colorado State University, Mason was on the faculty and served as an administrator at Purdue University in the College of Consumer and Family Science and the Department of Foods and Nutrition.
Mason holds a doctorate in nutrition and a master's degree in botany from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and an undergraduate degree in biology from University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Mason is a professor in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health. Her primary research areas have been food security and nutrient availability from plant food products. Mason has traveled extensively with her research work, most notably in Costa Rica and Indonesia.