WSU Foundation

$12 million donation given to Wichita State

Single largest cash donation ever made to Wichita State

May 16, 2018 - 3:14 pm

Wichita oil producer Wayne Woolsey and his wife, Kay, have committed a gift of $10 million to build a new home for the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University. The couple also will donate $2 million to the WSU Geology Department to support field camp experiences for students and the petroleum geology program.

Their $12 million gift represents the single largest cash donation ever made to Wichita State and the WSU Foundation. In recognition of the gift for the business school facility, Wichita State will name the new building the Wayne and Kay Woolsey Hall, a move approved today by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Wayne Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Companies, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company he founded in 1978 after 20 years in the industry. He has a master's degree in geology from Texas A&M. Kay Woolsey joined Woolsey Companies in 1986 and has served as vice president and secretary, handling land, legal and administrative functions. Their son Marc is a Wichita State graduate.


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