Investing in the future

Robert E. Campbell gives $1 million to K-State’s College of Business Administration

Robert E. Campbell, Wichita, Kansas, has invested $1 million in the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University.

Campbell’s investment names the dean’s suite in the new College of Business Administration building, and his gift helps complete the immediate funding needs for the new business building, allowing the college to focus efforts to raise money for a sustaining endowment for future building needs.

Campbell earned his degree in business administration from K-State in 1950. He attended K-State on the GI Bill after serving in the Air Force during World War II. After graduation, he worked for Union National Bank and Garvey Drilling Company before starting his own company, Robert E. Campbell Oil and Gas Operations.  In 2016, Campbell was recognized with the college’s Distinguished Business Leader award.

“Kansas State University is where I grew intellectually and as a person,” Campbell said. “My goals became a reality, and my friends became lifelong. It was a time and place that will remain in my heart forever. I encourage young people — apply yourself, believe in yourself, nurture your ideas and follow your dreams. You are your greatest asset.”

Robert E. Campbell’s investment in the College of Business Administration honors his experience at K-State and provides necessary funding to advance the college.

“Bob Campbell is among the College of Business Administration’s most successful alumni,” said Kevin Gwinner, Edgerley Family Dean of the College of Business Administration. “He has generously supported K-State endeavors for many years, leveraging his success to invest in the success of future business leaders. It is his gift that put the college over the top in fully funding the new business building.  I am humbled to have the Dean’s Office Suite named in honor of such a great K-Stater who believes in encouraging and supporting K-State business students.”

As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success. Visit for more information.

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