KSU names new residence hall for former president Wefald

Kansas State University’s newest residence hall on the Manhattan campus will be named Wefald Hall in honor of Jon Wefald, who served as the university’s 12th president from July 1986 to June 2009, a news release from Kansas State said. It will be the first residence hall built on the university’s main campus since 1967 and will be open for the fall semester in August 2016.

Wefald served as president of Southwest State University from 1977-1982.

“We are pleased to honor one of our key figures in Kansas State University’s proud heritage with a residence hall that will be a cornerstone in the student life experience on campus,” said Kirk Schulz, university president. “Wefald Hall is an important addition that helps Kansas State University meet its evolving student needs as we move forward to becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”

Wefald began his 23 years of service as president of Kansas State University in July 1986. Under his presidency, the university added more than 2.2 million square feet of new buildings; philanthropy increased from $6 million a year to nearly $100 million annually; research funding grew from $18 million annually to nearly $134 million; and enrollment increased from around 16,000 students to more than 23,000. In addition to his contributions to academics, research and infrastructure, Wefald helped revitalize the university’s football program.

“I appreciate the regents and our administration led by Dr. Schulz for recognizing Dr. Wefald with this honor,” said Bill Snyder, Kansas State head football coach. “It is appropriate in that Jon and Ruth Ann truly cared about the students on our campus and their well-being. Such a well-deserved recognition for their long-standing service to our university, our community and our state.”