Topeka Gov. Sam Brownback will visit the Kansas University Medical Center on Monday to tout $25 million in bonding authority to help build a new health education building.
Accompanying Brownback at the 11 a.m. event in Kansas City, Kan., will be KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little; Dr. Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center; Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan; Regents Vice Chairman Kenny Wilk; Regent Ann Murguia; and some legislators.
In the recently approved school finance bill, legislators included higher education items, including $25 million in bonds for the building, which has been a top priority of KU and the regents.
Logan said the facility, which will increase the number of doctors trained in Kansas, "has a statewide impact."
Logan said Brownback took a leadership role in getting the bonding authority, and he also said Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and House Speaker Ray Merrick , R-Stilwell, deserved thanks too.
Logan also noted there was bipartisan support for higher education during the legislative session, including the re-establishment of a higher education caucus that covered a wide ideological spectrum.