University of Kansas officials have announced a major gift to the School of Engineering.
That's Stuart Bell, Dean of the KU School of Engineering, speaking at a news conference earlier today (FRI). The $32 million comes from the estate of Charles E. and Mary Jane Spahr (Spar). The couple had already donated $13 million to KU during their lifetime. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said the gift will help meet a growing demand.
News of the donation comes a day after two bills concerning engineering passed the state legislature. One bill earmarks $10.5 million a year from lottery and casino revenue to engineering programs at KU, Kansas State and Wichita State. The other bill allows KU to build a new engineering education building. Both bills have been sent to the governor.