Emporia State center to be named for Kochs

Emporia State University
Emporia State University

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A new center at Emporia State University will be named the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics.

The university said in a news release Wednesday that the center will emphasize academic freedom and leadership. It will be housed in the university’s School of Business.

The center was established by an initial grant of $750,000 from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, Inc., and three Koch employees who are Emporia state graduates: David Robertson, Dale Gibbens, and Kim Penner.

The Koch Center’s co-directors will be law professor Kevin Johnson, and Steven Lovett, assistant professor of business law and ethics. A visiting scholar will join the center this fall.

Johnson says the center’s mission is to explore principled entrepreneurship for a free society and to apply market principles to management.

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