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Regents OK ESU tuition increase, Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics name change

The Kansas Board of Regents approved two items of note for Emporia State University during Wednesday's meeting.

First, the Board of Regents approved tuition hikes across the board. ESU had proposed an increase of anywhere from 3 to 3.2 percent in tuition rates, depending on the degree and residency status, and up to 2.5 percent in fees -- leading to a total increase of 5.6 percent. The Regents approved tuition and fee increase ranges of 3.8 to 5.6 percent, depending on degree and residency.

ESU Legal Counsel Kevin Johnson says it's the cost of doing business.

With the changes, full-time undergraduate resident students would pay an additional $66 per semester in tuition, bringing their tuition from $2,184 to $2,250.

In addition, ESU's new business development center has been officially named the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics. Business School Dean Dr. Kristie Ogilvie says the name comes from the center's main benefactors.

The new center, located inside the School of Business at Cremer Hall, could attract national speakers, visiting scholars and feature a debate series on different business ideas. The leaders of the company, brothers Charles and David Koch, fund and support numerous conservative causes nationwide.

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