Rand and Patti Berney, Southlake, Texas, have made a $1 million gift to support the new building for the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University.
The proposed new building plan has 140,000 square feet of space featuring tiered classrooms, a large showcase lecture hall, computer labs, a financial research lab and an executive conference room.
The plans include dedicated space for entrepreneurship and sales education, as well as space for study, collaboration and networking throughout the building.
The goal is to deliver the brightest future possible for business students, including collaboration with industry and networking opportunities from the start of their college careers.
Rand Berney, a native of Phillipsburg, graduated from Kansas State University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University in 1982.
He is retired from ConocoPhillips, where his last position was senior vice president of corporate shared services from 2009 until his retirement in May 2012.
He is on the executive committee of the dean’s advisory council for the College of Business Administration, is an executive-in-residence for the college and serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of the Kansas State University Foundation.
Berney was honored in 2004 as the College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Business Leader of the Year and was inducted into the Distinguished Business Leaders Hall of Fame that same year.
In 2006, he was honored again by the college when he was named an alumni fellow, and in 2011 he served the college as its distinguished lecturer in the spring.
Berney also serves as an executive mentor in the college.
Patti Berney attended Fort Hays State University. She has been an active volunteer leader for community, church, arts and educational institutions in both Bartlesville, Okla., and Houston, including Salvation Army, Family Crisis and Counseling, Red Cross, Greenspoint Mission, Target Hunger, the Bartlesville Symphony and Special Olympics.
She is also a member of the board of trustees of the KSU Foundation.
“Patti and I are pleased to continue our support of Kansas State University through our gift to the College of Business Administration,” Rand Berney said. “It has been more than 40 years since we first stepped on campus and it is great to see the significant progress that has been made. The new building for the college will help prepare many in the future for tremendous career opportunities.”