Florida couple gives $3M to K-State

By The Mercury

Kansas State University received a $3 million gift from two of its alumni, David and Ellie Everitt of Marco Island, Fla.

David Everitt is a native of Concordia and is a 1975 graduate with a degree in industrial engineering. He is a member of the college’s Hall of Fame.

Ellie Everitt is from Washburn, Ill., and graduated in 1973 with a degree in clothing and textiles.

Of the donation, $2 million will go to the School of Leadership Studies to establish a foundation in the couple’s name for the upcoming Leading Change Institutes. It will begin in summer 2015.

The Leading Change program will be where leaders and scholars will discuss global and everyday challenges, according to a K-State news release.

The other $1 million will go to the K-State Welcome Center that will be on the east side of Memorial Stadium.

The gift will benefit its north end where the career area will be. Construction is projected to start by January 2015.

The Everitts are members of the Kansas State University Foundation’s Presidents Club and are also K-State Foundation trustees.

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