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Medal of Excellence: Celebrating Dan and Beth Bird

At the spring meeting, trustees Dan and Beth Bird, Manhattan, Kansas, were awarded the K-State Medal of Excellence, which recognizes those who have advanced Kansas State University through exceptional service, leadership and philanthropic contributions.

Dan received his degree in animal sciences and industry from K-State in 1962. Beth earned her degree in business administration from K-State in 1961.

The Birds have served as past members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. They are lifetime members of the Alumni Association and members of the Beach Museum Board of Visitors, which Beth is past chair. They are past members and volunteers with K-State Catbackers. Beth serves on the board for K-State Libraries, and both Dan and Beth serve on the College of Agriculture’s Innovation and Inspiration Campaign steering committee.

Since Dan’s first gift of $10 in 1964, Dan and Beth have established five named funds and scholarships in the colleges of Agriculture and Business Administration, and across K-State through funds for Athletics, the Alumni Association, K-State Libraries, the marching band, K-State Gardens, McCain Auditorium and the Berney Family Welcome Center.

Congratulations, Dan and Beth!

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