The University of Kansas Foundation is planning to buy the school a new airplane, with a potential cost of $8.1 million.
Endowment President Dale Seuferling acknowledges that is a lot of money but notes the new plane will last for 15 to 20 years. The plane, a Cessna Citation CJ4 business jet, will replace one the university bought 17 years ago.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the university owns one plane, plus a share in another. The endowment funded both of those purchases, with KU paying ongoing expenses.
The planes are mostly used by the University of Kansas Medical Center’s medical outreach for rural Kansas. Administrators and university athletics recruiters also use them.
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The school hopes to be using the new jet by the end of this year.