The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the Dean's Council, the President's Office and the Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers.
Since 1983 the program has brought successful alumni back to campus to meet with students and faculty and share their expertise in the classroom and at informal settings.
Fellows are chosen by each college to return as distinguished guests and as mentors, friends, and counselors. They are honored in recognition of the ultimate measure of a university - not curricula, facilities, or programs, but the quality of its alumni.
View more information about the Alumni Fellows program, including a full listing of the current Alumni Fellows.
Current Alumni Fellow: Robert Knight '80
Robert Knight is the chief financial officer of Union Pacific Corp. Serving in this role since 2004, Knight is responsible for financial activities of the corporation and Union Pacific Railroad. Knight began his Union Pacific career in 1980 and held a variety of roles including leading the railroad’s energy and automotive business units and serving as senior vice president of finance.
In 2014, Knight ranked No. 2 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of the Top Performing CFOs in the S&P 500. He was named the No. 1 CFO in the Airfreight and Surface Transportation sector in the Institutional Investor 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 rankings.
In 2012, he was named the K-State College of Business Administration’s Outstanding Financial Executive of the Year from the school’s Finance Advisory Board. Knight has been involved with K-State as a member of the Dean’s Business Advisory Council for the College of Business Administration.
He and his wife, Julie, a 1981 K-State graduate, have three adult children. While at K-State, he was a member of the baseball team.
Knight received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from K-State in 1980 and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University.