KSU Foundation Board of Trustees

Who are trustees? They’re K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors. If you’re passionate about K-State, becoming a trustee is a great way to contribute to its long-term success.

By the numbers


Number of years trustees have helped to advance K-State.


Members of the Board of Trustees.

See a list of our current members.


Given by trustees in fiscal year 2023. That’s over 25% of the dollars raised that year.

Tic-Tac-Toe for dough

During halftime of the Dec. 5 men’s basketball game, two unsuspecting K-State students received of a pair of generous scholarships thanks to our Board of Trustees. But they had to earn it first — by facing off in a frenzied, full-court game of Trustees Tic-Tac-Toe.

Everyone knows how to play tic-tac-toe, but in Trustees Tic-Tac-Toe, our contestants couldn’t make a move until they made a basket. A race to get three pieces in a row ensued, the students unaware they’d both walk away with a much-needed financial boost!

Watch the recap:

For more than 70 years, our trustees have generously given their time and resources to boldly advance Kansas State University. We’re happy to see them continue the tradition by lightening the financial load of a K-State education for two students who were feeling its weight. Keep an eye out for this contest to return at selected games in 2024 and be sure to follow the KSU Foundation on social media to catch the recaps!

What roles do the trustees play?

president richard linton speaking at board of trustees meeting


  • Be involved in the foundation and university through service to the colleges, engagement with students and volunteer opportunities.
  • Lend assistance in legislative matters that may impact the KSU Foundation and university.
  • Receive early access to university news and information about key initiatives.
  • By attending meetings twice a year.
FY24 trustee map
KSU Foundation Trustees live across the United States and represent every college at K-State.


  • Serve as an ambassador on the foundation’s behalf at key events, with your network of friends and through social media.
  • Help identify and recruit new donors and trustees.
  • Create connections and build bridges between your sphere of influence and the university.
  • Help diversify the trustee membership so it reflects K-State’s alumni base.
trustee mentor and mentee


  • Keep K-State among your top philanthropic priorities, generously supporting your areas of interest.
  • Consider including the university in your estate plan.
  • Promote a culture of philanthropy by mentoring a K-State Student Foundation member.

Trustee Excellence Fund

As part of their commitment to the advancement of the university, trustees contribute to the Trustee Excellence fund (TEF). The TEF is used to seed-fund projects or programs that are either an emerging opportunity for growth or are addressing a student or campus need.

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Medal of Excellence

At the spring KSU Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, trustees Rand and Patti Berney, Ponce Inlet, Florida, were awarded the Kansas State University Medal of Excellence, which recognizes those who have advanced K-State through exceptional service, leadership and philanthropic contributions

patti and rand berney

Board of Trustees meeting highlights

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Candace Stimmel

Candace Stimmel Director of Volunteer Engagement