Berney Family Contributes $5 Million to K-State

Basketball training facility

Oct. 30, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Rand and Patti Berney of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, have made a $5 million commitment to Kansas State University to establish the Berney Family Capital Project Fund, which was presented to President Kirk Schulz and Athletics Director John Currie at Saturday’s K-State/Oklahoma State football game.

This fund will provide support for the two highest-priority capital projects on K-State’s Manhattan campus and will be directed by K-State President Kirk Schulz for the renovation and maintenance of the K-State Welcome Center in Memorial Stadium and the initial construction of the K-State Basketball Training Facility.

“Patti and I are excited about the vision and leadership that Kirk Schulz and John Currie have brought to K-State and are pleased to be able to make a gift that will help them change the face of our great University,” Rand Berney said.  “K-State is a place where great things develop, from research and scholarship to student programs and athletics. To be a lasting part of that success is both humbling and satisfying.”

In recognition of this gift, K-State will name the Athletic Field adjacent to the welcome center at Memorial Stadium as the Berney Family Field, and will name the pre-function reception lobby in the basketball training facility as the Berney Family Reception Center.

“Rand and Patti Berney are making an enormous statement as to their belief in K-State,” said Schulz. “Their gift will continue to help us welcome the best and brightest students to our campus, and give our student-athletes an outstanding experience as a part of K-State Athletics. The better we can serve our students, the closer we are to our goal of becoming a top 50 research university by the year 2025. We are honored that the Berneys have chosen to become such an integral part of our future.”

The Berneys are members of the KSU Foundation’s Presidents Club, a philanthropic leadership organization for friends and alumni of K-State. They have contributed to numerous funds and campaigns over the past 30 years, including Telefund, the College of Business Administration Dean’s Excellence Fund, the K-State Alumni Association’s Tradition Founders Fund, and the Ahearn Fund’s National Leadership Circle. Rand Berney is also a member of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees, and was recently elected to serve on the board’s executive committee.

“We are deeply appreciative of Rand and Patti and the entire Berney family and are thankful for their generous support of Kansas State University and Wildcat student-athletes,” said Currie. “Their gift and the addition of this new training facility will have a direct impact on K-State’s leadership position in the new Big 12 Conference and is a strong statement to the college basketball world that we are fully committed to academic and athletic success at the highest level.”

Rand Berney is a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, and is currently senior vice president of corporate shared services at ConocoPhillips, an integrated energy company engaged in the exploration, production, refining, processing and marketing of petroleum and natural gas. He graduated from K-State in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and earned his MBA from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., in 1982. In 2004, he was inducted into the K-State College of Business Administration’s Business Leaders Hall of Fame, and was recognized by the college as the Distinguished Business Leader of the Year. In 2006, he was again honored by the College of Business Administration at K-State, when he was named an alumni fellow. He has served as the liaison with K-State for 30 years, and since 2007, he has been instrumental in the success of the university’s ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholars program. The program provides leadership and personal development opportunities in the form of mentorships and internships for students at K-State.

Patti Berney grew up in Derby, Kan., and attended Fort Hays State University. She and Rand first moved to Bartlesville, Okla., in 1981, where she was an active volunteer for the community, schools and church for 22 years. In 2002, the Berneys moved to Houston, where Patti continued to volunteer in activities with the Red Cross, Greenspoint Mission, Target Hunger and the Special Olympics. Since returning to Bartlesville in 2009, Patti has served on the boards of Mary Martha Outreach, Family Crisis and Counseling, Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville Symphony Society, Friends of Frank Phillips Home and the Samaritan Advisory Board.

“This tremendous gift by the Berney family to our basketball training facility will positively impact the experiences of our K-State student-athletes and basketball programs not just in the present day, but for years to come,” said head women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson. “The magnitude of this gift is an expression of the enormous loyalty, generosity, and passion that the Berney family has for our athletic department, and all of those who proudly compete for and support our great university.”

“I want to thank Rand and Patti Berney for stepping up to the challenge of continuing to make Kansas State a wonderful place for young men and women to play basketball,” added men’s basketball head coach Frank Martin. “This donation is key to the construction of our basketball training facility, which will be instrumental to the continued development of our basketball program.”

Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the Kansas State University Foundation. The foundation staff works with university partners to build lifelong relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students through involvement and investment in the university.