Far above... and beyond

Fall 2016 Edition

Having just passed my first anniversary at KU Endowment, I’d like to take a moment to reflect upon some of the success I have been a small part of to date ­— and some of the opportunities still ahead. 

The J-School has graduated one class and welcomed another. As they walked off campus, the graduating class of 2016 was well positioned for success in the marketplace. Their accomplishments, including the formation and development of The Agency, left a legacy at the school that will not soon be forgotten. According to the chancellor, from the day they stepped on campus, the incoming class had more promise than any class before it. What comes of that promise is largely to be seen but will in no small part be due to their ingenuity, adaptability and plain hard work. 

KU Endowment wrapped up Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, raising more than $19.4 million for your J-School and $1.66 billion for KU. Being even the smallest part of this success brings me daily joy and inspiration that what I do matters — to the dean, faculty, staff, and most of all, the students of the school. The vast majority of this success is due to the dedicated, wise leadership of Dean Ann Brill and diligence of my predecessor, Corrie Moore. Dean Brill, Corrie, the rest of the KU Endowment team, and many across the university deserve a resounding “Rock Chalk!” for their efforts. 

Those who supported this unprecedented campaign with their time and resources deserve more thanks than I can provide here — but thank you. While Far Above was an indisputable success, the students and faculty can- and will go “Beyond” in large part due to the generous support and dedication of the alumni, partners and friends of the school. Your support allows them to dream and do, to explore and experience. Your inspired vision becomes their future reality and together, we continue to rise Far Above … and Beyond.

Want to know what’s Beyond? Want to go there with us? Let me know: pallen@kuendowment.org or 785-832-7352.


Patrick Allen (BSE ’04)
Associate Development Director
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
KU Endowment