September 16, 2010


(TOPEKA) – Today the Kansas Board of Regents named Gene Budig Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Kansas (KU).

Budig served as KU’s fourteenth Chancellor from 1980 to 1994. During his tenure the University experienced impressive growth of the physical campus with numerous projects including construction of the Dole Human Development Center, the Adams Alumni Center, the Anschutz Science Library, the Lied Center and the Regents Center in Overland Park (now known as the Edwards Campus). The University also achieved impressive growth in enrollment and endowed professorships. In 1992, KU set a record with an enrollment of 29,161 students, and endowed professorships more than tripled, from just 44 at his arrival to more than 130 at his retirement. In 1991, Hoch Auditorium was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Through Chancellor Budig’s efforts, KU received an $18 million State appropriation to rebuild the structure. In recognition, the new building was named Budig Hall when it was officially dedicated in 1997. Budig and his wife, Gretchen, have remained generous donors to KU – establishing a scholarship fund and teaching professorships in numerous departments and in the libraries.

“His generosity, advocacy, and tireless efforts on behalf of KU and public higher education during and following his tenure as Chancellor are a testament to his belief in the importance of higher education,” said Regent Gary Sherrer of Overland Park, Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. “On behalf of the Board, it’s our pleasure to award this distinct honor to Gene. We certainly thank he and Gretchen for their outstanding service and continued support of the University of Kansas.”


About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers Kan-ed, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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