University names new residence hall for former K-State President Jon
WefaldK-State Communications and
|Site preparation for Wefald
Hall began at the end of June, with construction to start in September.
The hall, named for Kansas State University's 12th president, will open
for the fall semester in August 2016. (Photo: K-State Communications and
Kansas State University's newest residence hall on
the Manhattan campus will be named Wefald Hall in honor of Jon Wefald, who
served as the university's 12th president from July 1986 to June 2009. It will
be the first residence hall built on the university's main campus since Haymaker
Hall in 1967 and will be open for the fall semester in August 2016.
are pleased to honor one of our key figures in Kansas State University's proud
heritage with a residence hall that will be a cornerstone in the student life
experience on campus," said Kirk Schulz, university president. "Wefald Hall is
an important addition that helps Kansas State University meet its evolving
student needs as we move forward to becoming a Top 50 public research university
The hall's naming follows approval from the Kansas Board of
Regents on June 18.
"There was not one thing that wasn't positively
affected by Jon Wefald's vision, passion and leadership during his presidency,"
said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. "It is
incredibly significant that this living-learning environment be dedicated to his
Wefald Hall is an eight-floor, 129,000-square-foot residence
hall that will house 540 students with additional apartments for key staff. The
hall will be part of the Kramer Complex on Claflin Road and is designed to be a
transformational space for student living and integrated learning. It includes
academic spaces to create a nontraditional environment that fosters student
learning outside the classroom.
In addition to Wefald Hall, the larger
$76 million project includes a new dining facility and renovations to Marlatt
and Goodnow halls, said Derek Jackson, university director of housing and dining
|Wefald Hall will be an
eight-floor, 129,000-square-foot residence hall that will house 540
students. (Photo: K-State Communications and
Currently, the Manhattan
campus can accommodate 5,469 students in its residence halls and Jardine
Apartments. Demand for on-campus housing has remained high for a decade, with
roughly 600 students in overflow housing for the past two years and a constant
waiting list to live on campus, Jackson said. According to university
projections, demand for on-campus housing is expected to grow to more than 6,600
students by 2025.
Site preparation began at the end of June, with
construction to start in September. Wefald Hall will open for the fall semester
in August 2016.
Wefald began his 23 years of service as president of
Kansas State University in July 1986.
Under Wefald's presidency, the
university added more than 2.2 million square feet of new buildings;
philanthropy increased from $6 million a year to nearly $100 million annually;
research funding grew from $18 million annually to nearly $134 million; and
enrollment increased from around 16,000 students to more than 23,000.
the same time, Kansas State University produced 125 Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater
and Udall scholars — more than any other public university in the nation, said
James Coffman, a professor emeritus of clinical sciences and former dean of the
College of Veterinary Medicine who served as provost for 17 years under the
"It's very fitting that this new residence hall is
named after Jon Wefald because student success was one of the main elements of
his legacy at Kansas State University," Coffman said. "Not only did he work to
make sure that more students were recruited, but he made sure that they received
a first-rate education when they enrolled and that there was a system to help
those top academic students win major scholarships."
In addition to his
contributions to academics, research and infrastructure, Wefald helped
revitalize the university's football program.
"I appreciate the regents
and our administration led by Dr. Schulz for recognizing Dr. Wefald with this
honor," said Bill Snyder, K-State head football coach. "It is appropriate in
that Jon and Ruth Ann truly cared about the students on our campus and their
well-being. Such a well-deserved recognition for their long-standing service to
our university, our community and our state."