Leadership and generosity

Alumni couple gives two substantial gifts to Kansas State University

Bob and Betty Tointon, Greeley, Colorado, have given a gift to name the deanship in the College of Human Ecology and are lead investors in the new K-State baseball and soccer complex.

The Tointons’ gift to name the Betty L. Tointon Deanship in the College of Human Ecology is truly transformative.

“The Betty L. Tointon Deanship adds prestige and financial flexibility to the college, enabling us to take advantage of emerging opportunities, expand research, provide transformational learning experiences for students, and elevate our ability to build upon our strengths as we strive to improve the human condition,” said John Buckwalter, Betty L. Tointon dean of the College of Human Ecology. “The Tointons’ generous investment ensures our students and faculty will be able to work with cutting-edge technologies in the most modern facilities. It empowers our college to recruit and retain the best faculty and the brightest students. Consequently, by elevating our program in this way, the Tointons are helping us to reach K-State’s goal of being nationally recognized as a top 50 public research university.”

By helping to finance the new K-State baseball and soccer complexes, the Tointons are providing the coaches and student-athletes with the resources and facilities they need to win championships. They’re also helping K-State provide a premier experience for baseball and soccer fans.

“We are truly humbled and honored to be able to make a gift in support of the baseball-soccer facility project,” Bob said. “We are both thankful and grateful for our connection to K-State and how it has provided countless memories and enjoyable times in our lives. The construction of both of these facilities will continue to elevate K-State Athletics and take the baseball and soccer programs to the next level.”

Bob Tointon graduated from K-State in 1955 with a degree in civil engineering. Betty Tointon earned her human ecology degree from K-State in 1955.

While the Tointons have generously invested in K-State financially, they’ve also given much of their time to help K-State succeed. They have both served on the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees, and Betty served on the KSU Foundation Board of Directors. Bob and Betty guided the Changing Lives Campaign as members of the national steering committee. Betty was on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and Bob served on the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, to name just a few of their leadership activities. 

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 www.ksufoundation.org for more information.

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