Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics named at Emporia State University
June 18, 2014
The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a center for leadership and business ethics at Emporia State University to be officially named the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics.
Initial grants of $750,000 established the center and came from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, Inc., and three School of Business alumni and Wichita-based Koch employees: David Robertson, president and chief operating officer, Koch Industries; Dale Gibbens, senior vice president, human resources and public sector, Koch Industries; and Kim Penner, president, Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.
The work supported by the Koch Center will be grounded in academic freedom and will positively impact students, faculty and the community.
“The School of Business’ new Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics aligns with our university’s newly proposed mission statement emphasizing leadership,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, Emporia State president. “Thanks to the kindness of a foundation and private donors, the center expands opportunities for our faculty and students in many fields of business and industry.”
Koch employees Robertson, Gibbens and Penner are all Emporia State alumni who have stayed connected with their alma mater. Robertson is a 2006 Distinguished Alumni, Gibbens serves on the School of Business Council of Advisors, and Penner currently serves as chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees.
“As an Emporia State business school graduate, this is an exciting milestone," said David Robertson. "On behalf of Koch Industries and my fellow ESU alumni, we are proud to join the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation to help make this vision a reality.”
The Koch Center’s leadership is comprised of co-directors, Dr. Kevin Johnson, professor of law, and Dr. Steven Lovett, incoming assistant professor of business law and ethics. A visiting scholar will join this fall.
“Dr. Lovett and I are pleased that the Kansas Board of Regents approved the name for the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics,” said Johnson. “We now look forward to fulfilling the center’s mission, which is to explore the impact of principled entrepreneurship on a free society and to apply market principles to management.”
For DenaSue Potestio, president and CEO of the Emporia State Foundation, the grants establishing the Koch Center exemplify the vision of the Now & Forever Campaign, the largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in the university’s history. To date, the campaign has secured $26.1 million in gifts, grants and deferred gifts on its ascent to $45 million and beyond.
“I’m thrilled the Kansas Board of Regents has approved the Koch Center name on this important initiative,” said Potestio. “The center will do important work exploring what leadership capabilities are necessary to advance the economic well-being of individuals, organizations, communities and ultimately states and nations, and how strong ethical principles provide the fabric of sound leadership decisions.”
Housed in the School of Business, the Koch Center will work to advance the university’s educational mission and enhance resources for both students and faculty.
“We are very enthusiastic to have a new academic center that focuses on the research and instruction of leadership and ethics,” explained Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “We have had a long-standing relationship with the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation and Koch Industries, Inc., as well as with Mr. Robertson, Mr. Gibbens and Mr. Penner — all School of Business alumni. We look forward to the prosperity and opportunities these grants will bring to our university.”
Grants bring new academic opportunities to Emporia State students through Center for Leadership and Ethics
June 4, 2014
Railroad builder, Kroger chairman to be inducted into Kansas Business Hall of Fame
May 20, 2014
A Kansas native who runs a national retail company and a railroad builder who developed Johnson County will be inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame next month at Emporia State University. ...
Rock Creek Ostrich Ranch places second in Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge
May 2, 2014
Two students from Emporia State University took second place in a business-venture competition against students from Kansas State University in the first-ever Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge. On ...
High Academic Standards and Affordable Tuition Rank the School of Business
May 2, 2014
The School of Business at Emporia State University has been listed as one of The 10 Most Affordable Business Schools in 2014 by Affordable Schools. Universities selected for this ranking encompass ...
Finalist for vice president position to have interview
April 21, 2014
The first of three finalists for the position of vice president for administration and fiscal affairs for Emporia State University will have campus interviews this week. Diana E. Kuhlmann, associate ...
Business Resource Center will better serve students, increase retention
April 18, 2014
In an effort to build student retention and foster community engagement, the School of Business at Emporia State University has opened the Business Resource Center. To celebrate this success, the ...
Rock Creek Ostrich Ranch named winner of the 3D competition
April 11, 2014
A plan to offer an alternative red meat to consumers took the top prize in the first-ever 3D Emporia business venture competition on Friday night. Emporia State students Nakita Elwood, a junior ...
Finalists selected in 3D competition
April 6, 2014
Three student teams have made the cut as finalists in 3D Emporia, a venture idea competition that stands for Dream It- Design It- Develop It. Team members will present their final pitches during a ...
Business professor wins Outstanding Educator Award
April 2, 2014
Emporia State University
Student entrepreneurs complete first round of competition
March 7, 2014
Twenty teams of students from Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College are moving to the second round of the 3D Emporia competition, which stands for Dream It- Design It- Develop It....
Gifts totaling $360,000 celebrated at Emporia State University
January 24, 2014
Now & Forever campaign surpasses halfway mark after just one year
Success continues in ‘Now & Forever’ campaign with upcoming dual announcements
January 22, 2014
Gifts to both academics and athletics will be honored at the next celebratory bell-ringing event at Emporia State on Friday, Jan. 24.
Check out our students' achievements and accomplishments on Emporia State's meritpages.com site