The Jack Vanier family has made a gift of $60 million, the largest private donation in the history of K-State.
Paul and Sandra Edgerley, Brookline, Mass., have made a commitment of $5 million to the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University to establish the Edgerley Family Endowed Deanship in the College of Business Administration.
The fund will provide support for an endowed deanship in the College of Business Administration, and will provide perpetual funding for advancing excellence in the mission and vision of the college. It will also provide assistance for equipment, operating support and travel. This gift will qualify for the State of Kansas Faculty of Distinction Program, which augments the fund with additional support once it is funded at the $500,000 level.
Paul Edgerley is a 1978 graduate of K-State, with a bachelor's degree in accounting. After leaving K-State, he earned an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1983. He is a managing director of Bain Capital LLC, one of the world's leading private, alternative asset management firms, located in Boston.
Sandra Edgerley earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard University in 1984, and received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989. Sandra worked at Bain & Company, a leading global business consulting firm, for ten years. She is currently an active volunteer in the Boston area, and serves as chair of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and serves as a member of the board of directors of Horizons for Homeless Children, Be The Change, Inc, the United Way of Mass Bay, the Boston Foundation and is a member of the executive committee of the Harvard College Fund.
In 2002, Paul was recognized as an alumni fellow in K-State's College of Business Administration. He was also named a Distinguished Business Leader of 2004, and that same year was inducted into the college's Business Leaders Hall of Fame. In addition to participating in the college's dean's advisory council, Paul is an active and dedicated alumnus. In the past ten years, he and Sandra have established or contributed to a number of scholarships, funds and faculty chairs, including: the Paul B. and Sandra M. Edgerley Business Administration Leadership Scholarship (1998); the Paul B. Edgerley Chair in Business Administration (2000); the Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship (2006), in honor of his friends, Bernard and Elsia Franklin; the Robert M. Edgerley Chair in International Business (2007), in honor of his father; the Edgerley Family Chair in the College of Business Administration (2007) and the President Wefald Leadership Chair in Business Administration.
The Edgerleys are members of the KSU Foundation's Presidents Club, a philanthropic leadership organization for friends and alumni of K-State. Paul is a former member of the KSU Foundation Executive Committee, and is a lifetime member of the K-State Alumni Association. He and Sandra have served K-State in a number of capacities, notably as national chairs for the university's most recent large-scale fundraising effort, the Changing Lives Campaign.
"K-State has had a huge impact on my life, both in preparing me for a career in business and as a source of lifetime friendships," Paul said. "Sandy and I are pleased to support the business college's mission to be the business school of choice in the region by providing excellence in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge consistent with the needs of students, business, faculty and society."
"Paul and Sandra Edgerley are a fantastic example of the dedication and loyalty that I have the privilege of seeing every day," said Kirk Schulz, president of K-State. "Their generosity will have a profound and lasting effect on the College of Business Administration. Contributions like theirs that will help Kansas State University to achieve our goal of becoming a top 50 public research university."
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