Inaugural Colbert Hills Hall of Fame inducts Ernie Barrett, Mr. K-State

K-State Alumni Communications
Ernie Barrett, inaugural inductee into the Colbert Hills Hall of Fame, and wife Bonnie Barrett, pose with Ernie Barrett's plaque. (Photos courtesy: Photos by RH LLC)

Ernie Barrett was recognized Sept. 5 as the first inductee of the Colbert Hills Hall of Fame. Barrett was honored for his dedicated fundraising efforts for Colbert Hills Golf Course, the home of Kansas State University golf. Barrett was recognized at an induction ceremony Sept. 5 at Colbert Hills.

Barrett earned the nickname “Mr. K-State” throughout his decades-long dedication to K-State.

A native of Wellington, Kansas, Barrett earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1951 and his master’s degree in journalism in 1956, both from K-State. During his undergraduate career, Barrett made a name for himself on the basketball court and was included in the first group of K-State players to have a jersey retired, according to K-State Athletics.

Although he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1951, Barrett chose to enlist in the U.S. Air Force, serving two years as a lieutenant. He then played for the Celtics for two seasons before returning to Manhattan, Kansas, to take a position with the K-State Alumni Association. Barrett then began his career with K-State Athletics, serving many roles throughout the decades, including athletics director and director of major gifts, where he played a key role in securing funds for several university athletics facilities.

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