Progress made but push continues to fully fund Koch Global Trading Center

Clinton Hall home to the Koch Global Trading Center
Clinton Hall, home to the W. Frank Barton School of Business and the future Koch Global Trading Center.

Supporters of the initiative to establish the Koch Global Trading Center at Wichita State University have stepped up to provide about two-thirds of the $1 million investment, but more is needed to ensure the project’s success.

    “We are moving forward with the project, but for it to be fully successful, we seek to raise another $365,000” said Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation. “Every student who walks into Clinton Hall will see the list of those alumni and corporate friends who are supporting this project and who value what the new center will do for the education of our business students.”

“I'd like students at Wichita State to have the opportunities and training they need to be successful...”

- Bernard Nichols '61

    In August, Koch Industries pledged a lead gift of $300,000, securing naming rights to the center. Other individuals and companies have pledged an additional $335,000. Among those donors is Bernard Nichols, a 1961 graduate of the University of Wichita and senior vice president of investments at Nichols Investment Group-UBS Financial Services Inc.

    “I grew up in Arkansas with modest means and developed an interest in finance and investments as early as high school,” Nichols said. “At that time, I thought anything connected to Wall Street was out of my reach. I’d like students at Wichita State to have the opportunities and training they need to be successful in this business. A state-of-the-art trading center at Wichita State University will offer those opportunities.”

    The simulated trading center will be equipped with real-time quotes, international data feeds and analysis software to prepare business students for careers in the financial and commodity markets. It seeks to educate students from all disciplines about the impact trading activities have on each aspect of a business.

    The 800-square-foot facility will be located on the main floor of Clinton Hall. Naming rights to several components of the center are available to donors. Additionally, major donors will be recognized with their names on a wall display placed prominently near the entrance. The goal is to open the Koch Global Trading Center by summer of 2014.


circle arrow If you would like to be a part of this project to strengthen student learning in the W. Frank Barton School of Business, please contact Angela Dudley, WSU Foundation director of development for the W. Frank Barton School of Business, at 316-978-3837 or at

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