Dear K-State Family,
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of you, the K-State family, we surpassed the $1 billion mark in the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign one full year ahead of schedule. At some universities, this would mean an ending — we could pat ourselves on the back and declare “mission accomplished.” But I think you will agree that is not the K-State way. We have proven we can achieve more than we ever thought possible, so we are building on this success and momentum and extending the campaign — we will raise $1.4 billion by 2020.
The campaign will continue to support K-State’s vision of being recognized as a top 50 public research university by 2025, but will now focus on three key areas which complement the 2025 vision: the land-grant mission of making education accessible and affordable, building on our areas of strength through interdisciplinary programs of excellence, and ensuring a legacy of success through long-term investments.
Public institutions in our state and throughout the country face declining public funding. Less than 20 percent of K-State’s operating budget now comes from the state. The remainder of the budget comes from three sources: tuition, grants and contracts, and private philanthropic support.
The generosity of K-State alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends will fuel the ongoing success of the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign. With these funds, we can fulfill our land-grant mission of making education accessible and affordable, we can tackle global issues through interdisciplinary programs of excellence, we can ensure the legacy of K-State with long-term investments, and we can further our vision to be a top 50 public research university by 2025. Together we can go above and beyond, because that’s the Wildcat way.
Richard B. Myers