Cargill gift to establish Center for Ethical Leadership

by Eric Schroeder
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MINNEAPOLIS — Cargill announced it has donated $1 million to Kansas State University to establish the Cargill Center for Ethical Leadership within the Center for Leadership Studies at K.S.U. The gift was made in honor of Warren Staley, the company’s chairman and recently retired chief executive officer.

According to Cargill, the new center will provide students and faculty with resources, skills and techniques to address significant ethical issues and promote ethical decision-making. Robert Shoop, professor in educational leadership and a renowned author and lecturer in the area of leadership, will direct the center.

Mr. Staley and his wife, Mary Lynn Staley, contributed the lead gift for the construction of the Center for Leadership Studies back in 2005. Leadership Studies at K.S.U. involves more than 1,600 students from all its colleges across campus.

Mr. Staley received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from K.S.U. in 1965, while Ms. Staley received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from K.S.U. in 1965.

"The generous support from Cargill to establish an ethical leadership initiative is the perfect way to honor Warren Staley," said Jon Wefald, president of K.S.U. "He is a great asset to our university and understands the importance of a strong leadership concept for our faculty and students. Cargill’s addition to the Center for Leadership Studies represents a shared commitment to teaching ethical business practices and creating strong leaders. The truth is, Warren Staley is one of the finest business leaders in America over the past generation."

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