Thank you to all trustees who attended our spring meeting in April!
There were so many highlights to this remarkable day, including the announcement of the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign extension, the celebration of Gib and Brenda Compton as K-State Medal of Excellence Award winners and an appearance by Coach Snyder!
Get ready for our fall Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for September 29, 2017, in Manhattan. We’re working hard to put together an exceptional showcase to enhance your experience as one of K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors.
You’ll learn about the state of the university and the foundation, the challenges we face and the emerging opportunities where you can make a difference.
Philanthropic gifts and commitments to Kansas State University given through the Kansas State University Foundation totaled $174.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018. This marks the second most successful year in the university’s fundraising history.
“2018 was an incredible year as generous K-State alumni and friends, university faculty and staff, and campus partners stepped up to boldly advance the university and move K-State closer to becoming a Top 50 public research university,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of KSU Foundation. “The K-State family can be proud of what we have achieved together to support students, faculty, facilities and programs in fiscal year 2018.” Continue reading “KSU Foundation announces $174.2M in fundraising for FY18”→
This fall, the KSU Foundation launched a new video series called Kids Tell, featuring the next generation of the K-State family (who also happen to be the children of KSU Foundation employees). The kids talk about purple pride, scholarships and more. Keep an eye out for #KSUFoundationKids videos on our social media and share them widely!
More than 200 members of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees gathered on Friday, April 20 for a day full of updates, celebrations and action!
In the morning, attendees received an update on the State of the Organization, an update from K-State President Richard Myers and a presentation from the Huron Group. Thanks to your contributions to the Trustees Excellence Fund, K-State was able to engage this strategic enrollment management consulting group to study enrollment trends.
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.
K-State President Richard Myers has created a new video series, Minutes with Myers, to host unique conversations that are central to the university’s values. Minutes with Myers will discuss some of the most relevant topics in higher education with K-State experts. Continue reading “President Myers launches new video series”→
The Spring 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting is coming soon! We hope you plan to join us on Friday, April 20, for an action-packed day with your K-State family. Your full invitation will arrive in the mail soon, but a number of you have already begun to make your plans. Here are some key start times to keep in mind:
Board of Trustees Meeting Friday, April 20, 2018
8 a.m.: Coffee, pastries and social time Courtyard, K-State Student Union
9 a.m.: Morning sessions begin Forum Hall, K-State Student Union
Noon: Trustees luncheon/2018 Medal of Excellence recipients recognized Ballroom, K-State Student Union
1:15-3:30 p.m.: Trustees-in-Action Engagement Activities (New this year! See your invitation for more details). 2nd Floor Concourse, K-State Student Union
On Monday, the Student Foundation kicked off their Spring 2018 K-State Proud Campaign Week! As they have for more than a decade, members of K-State Student Foundation and K-State Proud volunteers can be found in the Student Union collecting donations and distributing this year’s Proud T-shirts to be worn to the K-State Men’s Basketball game against Iowa State on Saturday! Continue reading “It’s K-State PROUD week!”→
The KSU Foundation was excited to host Trustee Diane Patrick, a 1970 graduate in political science, and her Student Foundation mentee, Tori Thomas, a junior in biological systems engineering and Spanish, at our January All-Staff meeting. The pair shared the story of their incredible mentor/mentee relationship. We will share their story and more at the Spring Meeting of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees on Friday, April 20!
Chris Spooner will serve as the key leader for corporate and foundation engagement as the Associate Vice President of Development. Chris will work closely with campus entities to expand our partnership opportunities with industry. His focus on this area will help evolve our relationship with industry to be more holistic in nature and respond to the changing needs of our industry investors. Chris will continue his leadership to both the University Programs and Gift Planning teams.
Sheila Walker has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Development. Sheila will provide leadership to our Manhattan campus collegiate fundraising teams. As she has done so successfully in her role with the College of Arts and Sciences, Sheila will coach and mentor our collegiate fundraising staff while continuing to build and maintain collaborative relationships with our deans and academic leaders.
Eric Holderness has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Development. In this new role, Eric will provide leadership to the annual giving, universitywide fundraising teams along with supervising our development staff for K-State Polytechnic. With the impending evolution of our annual giving program, Eric will provide strategy and leadership as we focus on lead generation and expanding our donor base. In addition to coaching and developing these teams, Eric will remain an active fundraiser, working closely with colleagues.
Kent Sedlacek will serve as Sr. Director of Gift, Estate & Trust Planning and will provide essential oversight to the administration and process of structuring, documenting and administering deferred gifts. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to donors on complex transactions and collaborate with development staff across the enterprise. Capitalizing on his expertise and communication skills, Kent will lead estate planning outreach activities and education opportunities to prospective donors, volunteers and staff.
Ben Johnson has been promoted to Sr. Director of Planned Giving. Reporting to Chris Spooner, Ben will provide direct supervision to the gift planning officers while continuing to serve as a frontline officer.
The Board of Trustees welcomed 40 new members at the Fall Meeting and elected five to terms on the Board of Directors. The foundation now has 315 trustees serving as the university’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors.
“Our KSU Foundation trustees and directors personify an outstanding commitment to boldly advance the K-State family,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. “We thank our trustees — new and returning — for their leadership and dedication to K-State.” Continue reading “Welcome new trustees!”→
Join the Department of Agronomy November 16 at 6 p.m. in Engineering Hall 1109 to watch Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman.
The film stars K-State Agronomy alumnus, Justin Knopf, who spoke at the fall meeting with Dr. Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy and recipient of the Mary L. Vanier University Professorship.
At the fall meeting this year, trustees received a KSU Foundation Trustee flag to display at their home or on the go. If you were unable to attend the fall meeting, Jennifer will be sending your flag in the coming weeks.
Every time you raise your flag, you assist with student recruitment efforts, show your commitment to legislative advocacy and raise K-State to the ranks of the elite. Together, we can involve more students, alumni and friends as we aspire to reach higher and be the best.
If you’re not following the KSU Foundation on Twitter, you’re missing out!
President and CEO Greg Willems often serves as KSU Foundation’s own roving reporter, sending 140 character updates and photos from his visits with K-Staters and colleagues across the country. Above, you can see Greg’s tweet about 2017 K-State Medal of Excellence award winners Gib and Brenda Compton’s on-field recognition at the K-State v. Oklahoma game October 21.
Get ready for our Board of Trustees Spring Meeting, scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018, in Manhattan. We’re working hard to put together an extraordinary showcase that will enhance your experience as one of K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors. You’ll learn about the state of the university and the foundation, the challenges we face and the emerging opportunities where you can make a difference.
Watch your mailbox and your inbox for more information. Questions? Contact Jennifer Fabrizius at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-7566.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Board of Trustees Fall Meeting.
At each meeting, we strive to bring you — K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors — relevant and inspiring updates on the activities, accomplishments and aspirations of the KSU Foundation and Kansas State University. The day will culminate that evening with a trustee reception at The Gardens at Kansas State University.
Your attendance makes a difference! We hope you will join your K-State family for a great meeting. Watch your mailboxes in July for your invitation and the full schedule of events!
This phase of the office park expansion will cost $15.8 million and will add 59,000 square feet of partner-tenant space, doubling the existing development. Phase II will accommodate more than 30 flexible incubator spaces for companies and partners on Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus and create a home for up to 250 jobs when fully leased. Tenants are required to have an affiliation with the university that supports its mission.
From news headlines to social media, Trustees are making news everywhere. In case you missed it, here are just a few headlines about your fellow
Bill and Debbie Leckron-Miller and Charlene and Rod Lake have made seed contributions to launch an honors program in K-State’s A.Q. Miller School of Journalism & Mass Communications in the fall of 2018. Read more.
Susie and Chuck Grier were featured in KSU Foundation’s newest social media feature,#VoicesofK-State. This collection of stories shares thoughts on philanthropy from the K-State family. Check out the Griers’ feature and more at www.found.k-state.edu/voices. We’d love to hear from you! Contact Marisa Larson to share your story.
If you’re not following the KSU Foundation on Twitter, you’re not only missing out on amazing stories of K-State generosity and philanthropic impact, you’re also missing out on tweets from our CEO Greg Willems!
Greg often serves as KSU Foundation’s own roving reporter, sending 140 character updates and photos from his visits with the K-Staters and colleagues across the country. Above is a tweet Greg sent from the Big XII Development Conference in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he enjoyed dinner with other Big XII foundation CEOs and vice presidents.