President Schulz talks about K-State’s growth in annual State of the University address

K-State Alumni Communications

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz delivered his annual State of the University address Sept. 18 at the K-State Alumni Center. (Photo: K-State Communications and Marketing)

Home. Family. Wildcat. Purple.

Those are some of the words mentioned by people on campus when they were asked what first comes to mind when they hear “K-State.” Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz shared their responses in a video as part of his 2015 State of the University address Sept. 18 at the K-State Alumni Center. These values are important to K-Staters and will continue to play a role in the university’s future.

“It’s amazing to look back over the last year and a lot of the progress we made,” Schulz said. “(There’s) a lot of exciting things happening on campus.”

During his address, Schulz reflected on some of the university’s recent successes and achievements. SmartAsset named K-State the No. 1 best-value college in Kansas, and highlighted Manhattan, Kansas, as the best college town in the nation. 

K-State’s endowment continues to grow, increasing from $337.5 million in fiscal year 2011 to $488.9 million in fiscal year 2015. K-State supporters contributed $141.5 million in fiscal year 2015, marking the fourth consecutive year fundraising has topped $100 million and benefiting future generations of Wildcats. 

In the past five years, the university has invested $408 million in campus infrastructure, and the campus is busy with current construction projects such as renovations to the Student Union and the new Berney Family Welcome Center. Another $204 million investment in student-centered facilities is planned for fiscal year 2016. 

Schulz also was excited about efforts to celebrate international and multicultural students. This year’s student body has the most diverse entering class in K-State history, he said. The university hosts more than 2,000 international students from more than 100 countries, and more U.S. students are participating in Study Abroad programs, thanks to scholarships. 

“We’re bringing in really gifted students and a diverse student body,” Schulz said. “We continue to make great progress as a campus in diversifying our student body.”

Click here to view the complete State of the University address. 

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