Capitol Federal Foundation provides philanthropic support for new home for College of Business Administration
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
MANHATTAN -- The Capitol Federal Foundation, Topeka, has made a $1 million gift to support the new building for the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University.
The proposed new building plan has 140,000 square feet of space featuring tiered classrooms, a large showcase lecture hall, computer labs, a financial research lab and an executive conference room. The plans include dedicated space for entrepreneurship and sales education, as well as space for study, collaboration and networking throughout the building. The goal is to deliver the brightest future possible for business students, including collaboration with industry and networking opportunities from the start of their college careers.
The Capitol Federal Foundation was established to benefit the communities in which Capitol Federal operates. It is committed to improving the quality of life in these communities by investing in the citizens of today and tomorrow. One area of focus for accomplishing this goal is supporting education, specifically higher education students in business.
"The economy of the past few years reinforces the need for our university business schools to graduate students well-trained in all aspects of business," said Capitol Federal Chairman and CEO John B. Dicus. "These graduates will be vital for companies to successfully compete in tomorrow's business environment. Capitol Federal is proud to present this gift to the Kansas State University College of Business Administration to assure its strength in educating students from Kansas and outside Kansas, developing our future leaders with the education and skills necessary to guide and grow our businesses."
"Higher education is a major focus of the Capitol Federal Foundation mission," said Capitol Federal Foundation President Tammy Dishman. "We recognize the important role the Kansas State University College of Business Administration playsin preparing students to serve as business leaders in their local, state and national communities. Capitol Federal's gift is meant to help ensure the strength of business for many years to come."
The Capitol Federal Foundation has a strong history of supporting Kansas State University and the College of Business Administration. It established the Capitol Federal Distinguished Chair in Finance that is currently held by the college's Anand Desai, and the foundation provides scholarships annually for business students. It also supports McCain Auditorium, Konza Prairie research, K-State Athletics and the K-State Alumni Association.
"We are fortunate to have corporate partners and such generous Kansans as the Dicus family who continue to support our students and academic initiatives," said the Edgerley family dean of the College of Business Administration, Ali Malekzadeh. "Capitol Federal's support of the college shows its investment in our community and will benefit generations of future students. We are humbled by the family's philanthropy toward the College of Business Administration."
"The Capitol Federal Foundation is an outstanding supporter of K-State and of higher education in Kansas," said Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz. "The Capitol Federal Foundation is a forward-looking organization whose leaders understand the power of philanthropy in advancing our university as we move toward our strategic goal to become a Top 50 public research institution by 2025. We are very grateful for the foundation's support throughout the years and for its latest commitment to the new building for the College of Business Administration."
The Kansas State University Foundation coordinates philanthropic contributions to Kansas State University. The foundation staff works with university partners to build lifelong relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students through involvement and investment in the university.