School of Business
Alumni family leads donations to new School of Business building
An alumni father and son who have led Capitol Federal Savings and the Capitol Federal Foundation of Topeka have committed $20 million of foundation money to a new building for the KU School of Business.
John B. Dicus, chairman, president and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from KU in 1983 and 1985. His father, John C. Dicus, chairman emeritus of Capitol Federal Savings, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from KU in 1955. The chairman's grandfather, Henry A. Bubb, also was an alumnus.
The six-story, 166,000-square-foot building will be located on the east side of Naismith Drive, across from Allen Fieldhouse and south of Robinson Health & Physical Education Center. It will feature modern learning labs, auditoria and space for collaboration and research. A conceptual rendering has been submitted, and a completion date will be determined once additional funding is secured.
The gift is part of Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the university’s $1.2 billion comprehensive campaign. KU Endowment is working with alumni and friends to complete private funding for the building, which is expected to cost about $60 million.
The 95,000-square-foot Summerfield Hall, which opened in 1960, will house other units to be determined at a future date.Read more »
KU rises in U.S. News rankings
The University of Kansas rose slightly in rankings in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.” KU rose to 46th among public universities, up one place from last year. Overall, KU ranks 101st this year, up three places.
The schools of Engineering and Business also saw gains in the undergraduate rankings, with Engineering rising two places to 44th among public universities and Business rising two places to 33rd.Read more »
President of Colombia, a KU alumnus, receives distinguished achievement award
Juan Manuel Santos, president of the Republic of Colombia and 1973 University of Kansas graduate in economics and business, received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, in a campus visit Sept. 24, 2012.
Other events during his visit included meetings with students and a conversation at the Dole Institute of Politics led by institute director Bill Lacy.
Before his election in 2010, Santos, 58, served three years as defense minister and two years as finanace minister.