Emporia State University or ESU (formerly Kansas State Teacher's College) is a university in the city of Emporia in Lyon County, Kansas, just east of the Flint Hills. The campus, originally 20 acres (80,000 m²), now covers 200 acres (800,000 m²).
The Department of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) offers the only instructional design and technology Master of Science degree in Kansas. IDT's Master of Science degree is offered entirely online. The Master's of Science degree in Business Education is also offered entirely online for the nation's business teachers. The University is the home of the William Allen White library and the National Teachers Hall of Fame The ESU mascot is "Corky" the Hornet.
Football at Emporia State is played at Welch Stadium. Past football coaches include Homer Woodson Hargiss, Jerry Kill, and Harold Elliott. The current football coach is Garin Higgins. Emporia State has also had a successful basketball program. In 1998, Emporia State's women's basketball team played in the NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Championship. The head coach for that team was Cindy Stein, now the head basketball coach for the women's team at the University of Missouri.
On February 20, 1910 Raymond Victor Bottomly W. Roy Campbell W. Ingram Forde Humphrey Jones Robert C. Marley Orin M. Rhine and Fred M. Thompson founded Phi Sigma Epsilon which was a North American social fraternity that operated for 75 years (20 February 1910 - 14 August 1985) until it merged with the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. The traditions and values of Phi Sigma Epsilon live on through Phi Sigma Kappa and its members.
On January 25, 2006, then ESU president Kay Schallenkamp, Ph.D, resigned to serve as president of Black Hills State University starting July 1, 2006. On September 22, 2006 the Kansas Board of Regents announced the hiring of Michael R. Lane(BS in finance, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1975; MS in financial accounting, Northeastern University, 1976; Ph.D in financial accounting, Texas A&M University, 1980 ) as University President effective November 1, 2006. Lane was previously provost at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.