Supporting the College of Agriculture through the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign

The College of Agriculture plays an important part in helping Kansas State University reach the ambitious goal to be a top 50 public research university by 2025. The college is home to an abundance of nationally recognized award winners, from big-name scholarships such as Rhodes and Truman to distinguished professors to national champion teams.

Funding priorities: $100 million

Through the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign, we will raise $100 million for the College of Agriculture to advance us toward our 2025 goals and to benefit four areas: student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and an excellence fund to support new and emerging needs.

Student success: $40 million

The student experience at K-State and in the College of Agriculture can be enhanced through scholarships, diversity, study-abroad experiences and support for extracurricular activities, all of which are key components of K-State’s 2025 goals.

Faculty development: $23 million

The heart of any academic program is its faculty. The quality of our faculty will directly determine the quality of our educational, research and outreach programs. This campaign will substantially strengthen our ability to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and give them the tools they need to thrive. A central vehicle for faculty support is the creation of more endowed chairs and professorships — prestigious positions that provide continuous funding for faculty members’ teaching, graduate student work, research, outreach and activities tied to industry. Having remarkable faculty raises the level of our programs long term and is a necessity for being a top 50 public research university.

Facility enhancement: $12 million

The College of Agriculture is experiencing record-breaking enrollment. Most of our student education takes place in labs, and we don’t have the space to accommodate our growing enrollment. Our faculty has become more successful in acquiring grants, requiring them to have more space to accommodate student assistants and technicians. To advance, we must have state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate more students and the faculty’s increased research needs.

Excellence funds $18 million

Excellence funds give the dean and department heads flexibility to take advantage of opportunities as they arise or to address emerging needs. They allow the dean to advance teaching, research and outreach. Your gifts provide the resources to launch new fields of study and leverage the research strengths developed already. Excellence funds seed intellectual property and technology transfer activities and support faculty and students who present their research at national and international venues.

Programmatic support: $7 million

Learning occurs outside of the classroom as well as inside. The College of Agriculture encourages and facilitates students getting experiences that will enhance their education and prepare them for successful careers. Your support for programs such as the Center for Risk Management Education and Research and the various competitive judging teams provide students experiences that lead to opportunities for success.

Give now

Make an online gift to the College of Agriculture, or support your favorite area of the college by contacting Kim Schirer, senior director of development, at 785-775-2090 or

Creating opportunities

A gift from Greg and Mamie Case is helping tomorrow's risk management leaders.

Value added

Endowed faculty enhance research and teaching.

A gift to inspire

The Vanier family makes the largest private gift in K-State history.