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Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics History

Learn about the center's history

The Center was established in 2014 with a generous gift from three Emporia State University School of Business alumni, who sought to give back by creating a Center to explain the relationship between human flourishing, individual creativity, freedom, and principled entrepreneurship.

It emphasizes the inherently social nature of commerce through its creation of value for others. The Center educates students and the public about: the necessary conditions for principled entrepreneurship to function, the moral and ethical nature of mutually beneficial commerce, the inherently social nature of business and the vital relationship between principled entrepreneurship and dignified human flourishing.

The Center is named after Koch Industries, Inc. as a way of honoring the company that has created so much value to Kansas, its employees, and all the Emporia State alumni who work there.