Koch gives $3.6 million grant to Wichita State institute on economic growth

WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE) The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University announced an Institute for the Study of Economic Growth with the support of a $3.64 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The institute will play a transformative role in exploring innovative and entrepreneurial activities in enhancing societal prosperity.

Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini says the University's goal is to help cultivate the exchange of ideas, as well as scientific research, about economic solutions to business and social issues.

"We want to expose our students to a wide range of thought and discussion about the systems that are most beneficial to society," says Vizzini.

Barton School Dean Anand Desai says: "Our students will be the greatest beneficiaries of this grant. The institute will help us attract and retain outstanding faculty and increase the value of business and economics education at Wichita State."

Their goal is to provide to the region a talent pool that is well versed in the economics of value creation, growth, and economic well-being.