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Two gifts add $1.75 million to business building campaign



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A rendering of Woolsey Hall, home to the Barton School of Business.

Two companies, Cargill and Capitol Federal®, have contributed a total of $1.75 million to the campaign to build a new home for the W. Frank Barton School of Business, taking the amount raised so far to $28.5 million.

Cargill pledged $1 million to the WSU Foundation for the project and Capitol Federal Foundation® committed $750,000.

“These donors recognize the tremendous value a new facility for the Barton School has for our regional economy,” said Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO. “Students will be educated in a setting that reflects today’s business environment and prepares them to enter the workforce with real-world skills.”

Cargill’s contribution reflects its commitment to investing in education to help foster community growth, said Brian Sikes, president of Cargill Protein.

“With this donation, we hope to help provide future generations with a facility built to empower career advancement and aspiration,” Sikes said. “Wichita State is an essential partner in our community, working to inspire future thought leaders who will move Wichita forward for many years to come.”

Cargill’s contribution is the latest in its ongoing commitment to the WSU community. In recent years, Cargill has donated $120,000 to WSU to help launch the Koch Global Trading Center in the Barton School. It also contributed $350,000 to the new YMCA being built on the WSU campus. Last year, Cargill worked with the Barton School faculty to create a certification program for its supply chain management team.

John B. Dicus, Capitol Federal CEO, said the institution’s support for the business school building is an investment in the state’s economy.

“This gift will give students the opportunities they need to be successful in the business world, which will, in turn, grow the work force and economy in Kansas,” he said. “This learning environment will help Wichita State recruit top talent to the university.”

He noted that the new building will be located in the heart of the WSU Innovation Campus. “Collaboration, applied learning and research, the three main components driving the concept of the Innovation Campus, are also key components in the business world,”

The gift reflects Capitol Federal’s commitment to supporting the communities it serves, Dicus said. He noted that Capitol Federal has been a longstanding supporter of the Barton School, providing substantial scholarships for business students since 2002.

With a projected cost of $50 million, a new home for the Barton School is one of the top priorities of the Shock the World Campaign. The WSU Foundation has committed to raising at least $30 million of the cost from private funds.