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2016 Board of Trustees

Common questions: What is KSU Foundation Board of Trustees?

Dear K-State family,

We were fortunate to welcome more than 200 trustees back to campus on Sept. 23. In addition to their regular business meeting, we were able to include them in the fall State of the University presentation with Gen. Richard Myers, K-State’s interim president. As Gen. Myers himself is an esteemed and long-serving trustee, it’s no wonder that this year’s presentation was standing room only!

With so many of our trustees in attendance at the State of the University, the question was raised by those who don’t interact with this important group: Who are the trustees, and what do they do?

The KSU Foundation Board of Trustees are K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors. Beyond the semi-annual meetings we hold for trustees in the fall and spring, the board of trustees plays a crucial role in promoting and advocating for K-State year round. Their commitment of time and awareness of the challenges we face as a university allows them to have a profound impact on K-State. They are a network of K-State’s finest leaders, ready to be called to action in support of the university.

As lifelong stakeholders of the university, they lead the way philanthropically. In fact, 34 percent of dollars raised for the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign has come from active and emeritus trustees. These funds allow the KSU Foundation to provide a measure of excellence beyond public funding to the academy. In addition to philanthropic contributions, the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees hosts foundation and university events, help academic leaders strengthen their programs, mentor students, lend assistance in legislative matters that may impact the foundation and university, and connect the foundation to others who may have an interest in advancing K-State through philanthropy.

Here are some quick facts about the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees

  • There were only 26 trustees when the KSU Foundation was created in 1944
  • 315 trustees for Fiscal Year 2017
  • 78 trustees serve on the campaign steering committee and/or a college/unit committee
  • 46% of trustees have made a planned/estate gift for K-State
  • More than 100 trustees serve on college advisory boards

This transformational group of K-Staters live in all regions of the United States and represent a wide array of professions and experience, offering invaluable leadership, professional skills, networking abilities and personal philanthropic support that contribute to the mission of the foundation.  Of the nearly 200,000 Kansas State University graduates, only 734 alumni and friends have ever been chosen to serve as members of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

We face many challenges as an institution today, and I am convinced that challenges will continue to evolve in complexity. Thanks to the dedicated efforts and generosity of trustees, the KSU Foundation is able to provide solutions to meet these challenges, now and in the future.  If you would like to learn more about the board of trustees, I encourage you to visit found.k-state.edu/trustees for details about their membership and activities.

Greg Willems
President and CEO, KSU Foundation