Making a Difference

Board of Trustee Annual Meeting 2013

Information, inspiration and purple pride were everywhere at the 2013 annual meeting of the K-State Board of Trustees in September. More than 321 trustees traveled from 17 states to make the meeting a great success.

Business meeting
Duane Cantrell, chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed trustees and guests and kicked off the day and the business meeting. President and CEO of the foundation Fred Cholick reported on the following fundraising highlights for FY13:

  • $152 million in total gift activity; largest in history
  • $33 million in pledges
  • $33 million in planned gifts
  • $86 million in outright gifts
  • $43.4 million in total trustee household giving
  • 57,300 gifts from alumni and friends

Cholick said it was a banner year on all fronts: the foundation, university, K-State Athletics and the K-State Alumni Association all had record years.

Cholick also reported on key initiatives pursued this year, including:

  • Developed and implemented new funding model
  • Enhanced the endowment
  • Engaged deans and department heads in campaign planning, linking philanthropic objectives to K-State 2025
  • Implemented a performance management program for the distribution of compensation for all KSU Foundation employees

Committee reports

Reports from standing committees were given by their respective chairs. Click on the committee name to see the full report.

Governance: Stephen Lacy
Finance and Audit: Kevin Lockett
Asset Management: Richard Myers
Development: Janet Sprang Ayres
Nominating: Duane Cantrell

Comings and goings
Trustees approved new officers of the directors and trustees, elected 21 people to serve as trustees, re-nominated trustees who were eligible for new terms, and approved change of status for some trustees from active to emeritus. Read a news release announcing new trustees.

To view the presentation shown at the 2013 business meeting, which included all of the above information and more, click here.

State of the University
A highlight of the meeting was an update on the state of the university by Kirk Schulz, Kansas State University president. The presentation included some inspiring video stories about facilities enhancements and student champions. Watch them here:

Student champions

Building our future

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