Talk about a formidable partnership – the generosity of Koch Industries and its founding family, and the expansive vision of Wichita State University president John Bardo.
The result is the largest single-time gift in WSU history, announced Tuesday, and an unprecedented boost to the university’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Gratitude and praise go to Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation for the total $11.25 million, which variously will expand and renovate Charles Koch Arena, help set up a “Maker Space” lab on WSU’s new innovation campus, create the Honors College Koch Scholars Program and otherwise advance programs.
Congratulations are due WSU and the WSU Foundation, which can use the Koch gift to leverage more donations toward Bardo’s goal of “building a university that is internationally recognized as the model for applied learning and research.”
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The donation by Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation promises to have a profound and enduring impact on the university, the community and the region as well as on students’ lives and success.
For the editorial board, Rhonda Holman