WSU building renamed in honor of Donald Beggs
The Kansas Board of Regents has unanimously approved renaming the Engineering Research Building at Wichita State University to Donald L. Beggs Hall. The action was taken during the Regents monthly meeting Wednesday, June 20, and will be effective July 1.
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“Dr. Beggs is most deserving for the tremendous impact he and Shirley have had, not only on our university, but also on our community,” said Velma Wallace. “Naming the engineering research building after Dr. Beggs is a testimony to his many contributions.”
“This is a wonderful gift from Velma in honor of her husband, Dwane,” said Ed McKechnie, chair of the Board of Regents. “The board appreciates the outstanding contributions that President Beggs and Cessna Aircraft have made to Wichita State. We really appreciate and notice the personal connection that President Beggs has had with students over the years, and this is a great way to honor that legacy.”
According to Elizabeth King, CEO and president of the WSU Foundation, Wallace wanted to recognize President Beggs in a special way.
Wallace Hall’s namesake, Dwane Wallace, was one of the founding members and first president of the WSU Endowment Association, which has since been renamed the WSU Foundation.
“I have profound admiration for Velma’s generosity and her acknowledgement of President Beggs’ impact on WSU,” said King. “This gift will benefit the university for many years to come.”
Incoming WSU president John Bardo said: “Don made a lasting difference in this university during his tenure. The quality of academic programs increased, the campus physical plant improved, and the university’s mission was developed and implemented with care.
“The action of the Board of Regents and the wonderful gift by Velma Wallace are a fitting tribute to one of the best leaders in the history of this university,” said Bardo.