PITTSBURG — The Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University received some good news recently when the Sunderland Foundation informed the university it would be pledging $1 million to their renovation and expansion project.

According to a release from PSU, the KCOB found out following a space utilization study that changes were needed to the college. The KCOB is in need more larger and more flexible classrooms that will better accommodate modern teaching styles, as well as seminar rooms for advanced classes.

President and CEO of the PSU Foundation and vice president for University Advancement Kathleen Flannery said the Sunderland Foundation usually prefers to stay behind the scenes when it makes donations, but was allowing the college to share their donation in the hopes it will help bring more awareness about the project.

“The Sunderland Foundation are not seekers of publicity,” Flannery said. “They have graciously allowed us to share about their donation in the hopes that it will keep the momentum going.”

The Sunderland Foundation is no stranger to PSU. In a release Flannery praised the foundation for their previous involvement at the university.

“The Sunderland Foundation previously gave $50,000 to the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, and in doing so saw what we are able to accomplish here at Pittsburg State to the benefit of our students and our community,” Flannery said. “They want to invest in our future.”

Flannery said support from this donation, the community, and a 3 million dollar pledge from PSU business alumni John and Susan Lowe, have allowed over half of the needed 18 million to be pledged.

The Dean of the KCOB, Paul Grimes, said in a release provided by PSU that the grant will help fund a vital part of a business students education by allowing the college to offer the most professional and up to date facilities.

“The gift will impact many generations of future business Gorillas,” Grimes said. “It is special because the Sunderland Foundation has roots right here in Southeast Kansas and we greatly appreciate regional business leaders reinvesting in our shared future.”