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K-State announces College of Engineering to be named for alumnus Carl R. Ice

The Kansas Board of Regents approved Dec. 12, 2018, the first named academic college at Kansas State University. K-State’s College of Engineering will be named in honor of K-State alumnus Carl R. Ice. The naming honors the extraordinary professional accomplishment of Carl and the generous support of the college by Carl and his wife, Mary. A celebration of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will take place in the fall of 2019 in Manhattan, Kansas.

Carl and Mary Ice have been generous supporters of K-State and of the College of Engineering, with significant philanthropic investments supporting engineering faculty, students, facilities and the overall excellence of the college.

A native Kansan who currently lives in Westlake, Texas, Carl Ice is the president and CEO of BNSF Railway. He is a 1979 graduate with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the College of Engineering. Mary graduated in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in home economics education from the College of Human Ecology and a master's degree from the College of Education in 1988. Their daughter, Karen, is an attorney living in Manhattan and their son, Marshall, and their daughter-in-law, Megan, are also both K-State graduates.

Carl is the vice chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors, past chair of the College of Engineering Advisory Council and a former member of the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Advisory Council. Together, Carl and Mary Ice serve on the board of trustees of the Kansas State University Foundation and as members of the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign steering committee.

As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success.