Mayor Pro Tem Linda Morse

Elected Position

Linda Morse was elected to the Manhattan City Commission for a four-year term in April 2015 and re-elected in 2019. She served as Mayor in 2017-2018.


Linda is a Kansas native and has lived in Manhattan for more than 40 years. She is the proud mother of two sons, Mike and Todd, who are Luckey High School graduates. Mike is a plan reviewer for the City of Grand Rapids, Mich., and four-term city councilman for the city of Kentwood. Todd is a foster care home inspector for the state of Alaska in Anchorage. Linda has four grandchildren.

She was employed at Kansas State University for nearly 40 years. During that time, she worked in the Division of Continuing Education, now called the Global Campus. For the last 28 years, she served as registrar for distance education for K-State. She retired in July 2013.

Linda has served the community since 1974 in the following capacities:
  • Leadership Kansas, 2016
  • Manhattan Housing Authority Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging (AAA) — Board of Directors, 2014-present, and Public Housing Committee chair, 2015-present
  • Riley County Council on Aging, 2014-2017
  • Big Blue River Public Action Working Group, (Joint Manhattan/Riley County/Pottawatomie County project), 2014-Present
  • Riley County Genealogical Society, 2013-Present
  • Manhattan Library Association, the Friends of the Library, 2013-Present
  • Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, 2013-Present
  • Manhattan/Riley County League of Women Voters — board member, vice president, treasurer, secretary and served on numerous issue-oriented initiatives, 1994-2015
  • Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board (three terms) — 1995-1998 and 2009-2015, chair 1 year
  • K-177 Gateway to Manhattan Plan Steering Committee, 2009-2010
  • Spirit of Martin Luther King Community Service Award Committee — chairwoman 6 years, 2007-2014
  • VISION 2025 Riley County Land Use Plan, 2006-2009
  • Sydney Carlin’s Legislative Campaign Committees, volunteer coordinator, 2002-2015
  • Manhattan-Special Committee on Economic Development, 2000-2001
  • Joint City/County “Project Impact” Flood Mitigation Steering Committee, 1998-2002
  • Clean Cities Stakeholders Group, 1997-1998
  • Flint Hills Job Corps Center, Community Relations Council — 1996-2002, chair 3 years
  • Sustainable Manhattan — Community Advisory Board, 1996-1999
  • Manhattan Martin Luther King Planning Committee, 1994-2014
  • Manhattan NAACP Chapter, 1994-1995
  • Manhattan Board of Zoning Appeals, 1984-1995
  • American Businesswomen’s Association, 1975-1990
She was also recognized for her hard work and service:
  • 1990 Employee of the Year, Kansas State University 
  • 1991 Manhattan Rotary Club, Service Award — Public Sector