K-State's Passionate Family Steps Up for Student-Athletes
Funded completely by faithful K-State donors, the Vanier Football Complex is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015 football season.
With twice as much Academic Learning Center space and a massive new Strength and Conditioning Center planned for the use of all K-State's 450 student-athletes, the current two-story building is about to grow into a four-story complex.
Exciting and new on the inside, the Vanier Football Complex project will also enhance the North End Zone experience in Bill Snyder Family Stadium with a newly enclosed seating bowl. Improving the grass roots family seating experience and bringing an even louder, more intimidating atmosphere to each and every game day, starting next season, the Wildcats will experience home field advantage like never before.
The total budget for the new Vanier Football Complex is projected at $69 million including all equipment and technology. With a milestone of more than $47 million in gifts and pledges already raised towards the project, K-State Athletics is working hard to reach its goal of $50 million dollars in philanthropic support for the Vanier Football Complex.
Sports Extra will take the next several weeks highlighting those who have made lead gifts toward this transformational project. Last Friday, K-State Sports Extra highlighted Mary and Carl Ice (you can view that story by clicking here).
Today's story will highlight the Goss, Berney, Johnson and Edgerley families.
Mike and Becky Goss of Westport, Connecticut, are very passionate not only about K-State Athletics, but about the University as a whole.
"Becky and I are very proud of Kansas State, and we want it to continue to prosper and excel," said Mike. "We try to support causes for both academics and athletics because we believe the success in one contributes to the success of the other."
Mike, a former men's tennis student-athlete and native of Great Bend, Kansas, graduated from Kansas State University in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in economics before going on to receive his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1986. Becky, also from Great Bend, Kansas, received her bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Mike, who recently retired after serving as a Managing Director at Bain Capital, has had a successful career in many different areas across the business community. Mike and Becky have made a large impact on the opportunity for students to experience the study abroad programs through scholarship opportunities, as well as supporting projects across the athletics and university campus, including the Trenary Chair in Economics, presidential scholarships, the new College of Business building, the West Stadium Center, the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium and the Ahearn Fund.
"In the Vanier Football Complex project, we were particularly pleased to see the doubling in size of the Academic Learning Center," continued Mike. "This part of the new building will benefit men and women student-athletes from all of our sports, and it will surely help us attract the kind of student-athlete that is setting our athletic program apart from those of many of our peers."
Rand and Patti Berney of McKinney, Texas, are defined as true K-Staters and have supported many programs at Kansas State University for over 30 years, including contributions to the new College of Business Building, the new Berney Family Welcome Center, the Basketball Training Facility, and the Ahearn Fund.
"When we consider where we want to provide support to the University, we look primarily at areas that we have a passion for, where we see an unmet need and where we have confidence that leadership is in place that can ensure effective stewardship," said Rand. "Patti and I have been big fans of Kansas State for most of our lives and Athletics is an area that has tremendous draw for us."
Rand is a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, and graduated from Kansas State University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Rand continued his education at Oklahoma State University receiving his MBA in 1982. Patti grew up in Derby, Kansas, and attended Fort Hays State University. Except for seven years in Houston, Rand and Patti resided in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where Rand retired in 2012 as the senior vice president of corporate shared services at ConocoPhillips.
Both Rand and Patti are KSU Foundation Trustees and Rand is a member of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors. Rand was added to the KSU Accountancy Hall of Fame in 2003, named KSU College of Engineering's Tau Beta Pi Leader of the Year for 2003-2004, named KSU College of Business administration's Distinguished Business Leader for 2004; served as the KSU College of Business administration's Business Ethics Lecturer in 2005; was recognized as a Kansas State University Alumni Fellow in 2006, honored as the KSU College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecturer in 2011 and named the KSU Diversity Advisory Council's Champion of Diversity in 2012.
Jim and Laura Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, are long-time fans and loyal supporters of K-State Athletics and Kansas State University. Jim was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in construction science. Following graduation from Kansas State University, Jim gained experience in estimating, project supervision, project management, division management, and business development. He served in the role of Vice President before becoming President and CEO of GE Johnson Construction Company in 1997. Jim represents the third generation of the Johnson family in the construction industry.
"We place so much value on our relationship with K-State now and then," said Jim. "We view our contributions as support to the University so that next generations can also share in the K-State experience."
Jim and Laura's generous contributions include the Alumni Association, a faculty endowment and student scholarships in engineering, a presidential scholarship, the Basketball Training Facility and the Ahearn Fund. Jim serves on several non-profit organization boards and is an avid community supporter. He has served on the Kansas State University Foundation Board of Trustees; Kansas State University College of Engineering Advisory Council; Kansas State University Alumni Association Board of Trustees, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado and many others. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization and Colorado Concern.
Paul and Sandra Edgerley of Brookline, Massachusetts, have also been tremendous supporters of K-State Athletics and Kansas State University.
"Sandy and I are proud to support Kansas State," Paul said. "The school has had a significant positive impact on my life and has been the source of so many great lifetime friendships. It is also a pleasure to support an organization that has such extraordinary leadership, as President Schulz, John Currie and Coach Snyder. We are very lucky to have individuals with their leadership skills and moral character."
Paul graduated from Kansas State University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in accounting before beginning an illustrious career in business, including serving as a Managing Director of Bain Capital for 25 years. In addition to supporting athletics, Paul and Sandra have funded multiple faculty chairs and programs throughout the College of Business, the Edgerley Family Endowed Deanship in the College of Business, the new College of Business building, the West Stadium Center and the Ahearn Fund.
"As an alumnus, I'm proud of the football team's success, but even more proud that Coach Snyder has done it the right way," continued Paul. "He is a man of extraordinary character, and he has not just developed football players, but he has also developed high quality young men."
The Vanier Football Complex will be funded completely by private capital gift donations and additional athletics department revenue to ensure fiscal responsibility is maintained. For those wanting to get involved or support the Vanier Football Complex project, the best way to do so is to join the Ahearn Fund, K-State's National Fund for Student-Athlete Excellence. The Ahearn Fund not only supports scholarships for our 458 student-athletes, but also provides critical funding in areas such as sports medicine and academics, as well as capital for this transformational facility. To support this project and K-State's student-athletes please click here.