Long time K-State Alumni Association President and CEO Amy Button Renz will retire at the end of the school year, capping 45 years of service to Kansas State University, according to a Wednesday release.

Renz began her career with the Alumni Association in 1977, becoming president and CEO in 1994 and was the first female alumni director in the Big Eight and later the Big 12 conference. She was instrumental in the creation of many programming efforts, including the Student Alumni Board and the K-State Student Ambassadors. She served as the lead fundraiser for the Alumni Center building campaign. The $12.7 million facility was dedicated in October 2002.

The Alumni Association says under Renz’s leadership, more than $6 million has been raised for student scholarships and recognition through the K-State License Plate program. Additionally, the Alumni Association has raised more than $3.7 million for student scholarships through Wabash CannonBall galas in Kansas City, North Texas, Houston and Colorado.

Renz’s last day will be June 30.

The Alumni Association’s board of directors will announce details on a search for her successor at a later date.