Four programs at Kansas University will benefit from a $25,000 unrestricted pledge.
John P. and Betsey S. Fletcher of Mission Hills have pledged $10,000 for the Williams Educational Fund, $5,000 for the School of Business, $5,000 for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and $5,000 for the Chancellors Club, KU's major-donor organization.
"Unrestricted funds, such as those the Fletchers are providing through their contribution to the School of Business, give us the flexibility to meet our most pressing needs," said L. Joseph Bauman, business school dean. "This allows us to support such endeavors as internationalizing the curriculum, providing our students exposure to continuous improvement philosophy in business and the changing nature of business communications."
John Fletcher graduated from KU with a bachelor's degree in business in 1942. While at KU, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi social fraternity.
He is the retired vice president of sales for Russell Stover Candies of Kansas City, Mo.
Betsey Fletcher graduated from KU with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and sciences in 1948. While at KU, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority, Phi Beta Kappa honorary society and the Jayhawker yearbook staff. She also participated in student government.
James Muyskens, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said: "I am delighted that the Fletchers have pledged an unrestricted gift for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Unrestricted gifts provide the College with the flexibility to enhance our educational mission. The Fletchers' contribution will help to further the development of academic excellence in the College."
An active volunteer in the Kansas City area, Betsey Fletcher has served on the board of directors for Children's Mercy Hospital, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Visiting Nurses Assn. and the Heart of American Family Services.
"We both believe very strongly in the University of Kansas," Betsey Fletcher said. "We think it is the outstanding university in the Midwest, with excellent athletic and academic programs. We were happy to do our part to support KU."
The Fletchers support the Williams Educational Fund, the annual giving program for KU's intercollegiate athletics, and are members of the KU Alumni Association and the Chancellors Club.