Three years ago, there were just six students enrolled in classes at the University of Kansas in Leavenworth.

Currently, there are more than 60 students enrolled in classes.

“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” said David Cook, vice chancellor of the KU-Edwards campus, which oversees KU-Leavenworth.

Cook and other university officials – as well as a favorite son of Leavenworth – were on hand Wednesday as the university celebrated the dedication of a new location for KU classes in Leavenworth.

The new location is at TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 1001 N. 4th St., which held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in the day.

KU classes are now offered at TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 

Fairfield Inn & Suites and on Fort Leavenworth.

Cook said a majority of the students attending classes at KU-Leavenworth are from Fort Leavenworth.

“But it’s open to anyone,” he said.

Chris Gregory, public information officer for KU-Edwards, said Wednesday’s dedication ceremony was a way to “celebrate that this is working and to signify our commitment to Leavenworth and the community.”

Classroom and office space in the new extended stay hotel opened this fall and “will aid KU in continuing to serve military and civilian students in the Leavenworth area,” according to a press release.

Several university officials spoke at the event, including KU Chancellor Douglas Girod, who closed Wednesday’s ceremony by toasting the new location.

Former Leavenworth High School and University of Kansas star basketball player Wayne Simien was also in attendance.

“I can’t think of a better collaboration than Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth and KU,” Simien said.

Simien joked that if the KU-Leavenworth program grows, and if a basketball team is created, he wants to be the coach “and I expect to be the only applicant considered.”

Maj. Sam Diehl, a recent graduate of the Command and General Staff College on Fort Leavenworth, also attended the event. He recently completed a degree in Business and Organizational Leadership at KU-Leavenworth.

KU-Leavenworth offers master’s degrees in several areas, including Business-Supply Chain Management and Logistics and Global and International Studies. Other master’s degree programs include Homeland Security: Law and Policy, Business and Organizational Leadership and Project Management.

Cook said new programs may be added in the future. He said KU listens to the community to learn “what we need to offer.”

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