MANHATTAN, Kan 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. It will be the first residence hall built on the university's main campus since Haymaker Hall in 1967 and will be open for the fall semester in August, 2016.
The hall's naming follows approval from the Kansas Board of Regents today..
Wefald Hall is an eight floor, 129,000-square-foot residence hall that will house 540 students with additional apartments for key staff. T
Site preparation will begin by the end of June, with construction starting in September. Wefald Hall will open for the fall semester in August, 2016.
Wefald began his 23 years of service as president of Kansas State University in July, 1986.
Under Wefald's 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.
At the same time, Kansas State University produced 125 Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholars — more than any other public university in the nation, said James Coffman, a professor emeritus of clinical sciences and former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine who served as provost for 17 years under the Wefald presidency.