Our future is bright with exciting plans to create a new home for the rebranded Ferguson College of Agriculture. The state-of-the-art facility will improve recruitment and retention efforts, elevate research capabilities and create opportunities for life-changing discoveries in the agricultural science and natural resource industries.
The facility is being created with modern teaching methods in mind, utilizing flexible lab spaces to serve multiple disciplines and interactive classrooms to harness students’ energy and the excitement of innovation.
It will transform our efforts to become even more collaborative, bringing all of OSU Agriculture’s expertise to bear on the challenges and opportunities facing the state of Oklahoma.
“This project will change and modernize our research and the way we teach scientific subjects. It all goes back to the premise of being a modern, land-grant institution. Research has the promise to change the way we grow food and care for the natural environment we rely on. It can transform Oklahoma’s economy, fostering innovation that will feed a growing world population.”
On January 15, 2020, Oklahoma State University recognized Kayleen and Larry Ferguson and the Ferguson Family Foundation for their $50 million commitment to endow and rename the Ferguson College of Agriculture and provide the lead gift for the New Frontiers campaign. The gift ensures the Ferguson College will compete with the best agricultural science and natural resource programs in the country and world.
At the time of the announcement, about $30 million had been raised for the building, including the $25 million facilities portion of the Ferguson’s gift and commitments from five Cornerstone Donors, who have pledged at least $1 million to the project. Larry and Kayleen encouraged fellow members of the Cowboy family to join them in their efforts to feed the world by elevating the Ferguson College of Agriculture.
Kayleen and Larry Ferguson are avid OSU benefactors who want to help feed the world by elevating OSU Agriculture and its programs. The couple are the namesakes of the Ferguson Family Dairy Center in recognition of their foundation’s lead gift for the facility, including Helms Hall. The gift revitalized the aging program and empowered OSU to enhance the research-based education offered at the facility while also attracting the brightest students. The Fergusons, who met as students in the mid-1970s, have received numerous alumni awards from Oklahoma State University and believe in giving back to their alma mater.
The $100 million new facility will feature an Academic Pavilion, Student Services Pavilion and Laboratory Pavilion. Much like OSU’s ENDEAVOR laboratory and the new facility for the Spears School of Business, the new home of the Ferguson College of Agriculture prioritizes experiential teaching, flexible research and a strong sense of community through strategically designed spaces. OSU is working with loyal members of the Cowboy family to help secure the remaining $20 million in private and corporate fundraising.
▸ $50 million in private support
▸ $50 million from OSU & other resources
"We are creating a cornerstone facility where the Ferguson College of Agriculture can successfully endow its faculty and programs, positioning OSU Agriculture to be among the best nationally and internationally. Top scientists will be competing to work and study at Oklahoma State.”
The new home for the Ferguson College of Agriculture will strengthen OSU Agriculture’s research, teaching and Extension missions while addressing two key challenges: attracting and retaining scientific leaders and equipping collaborative teams with state-of-the-art laboratory and field facilities. It will redefine what is possible for our faculty, students and the industries and communities that depend on our research. The new building will:
"I am so excited about the possibilities of having new lab facilities for agricultural research, because it is one of the most important fields that we continue to study. OSU and OSU students are more than capable of being on the front line of this type of research.”
Site & building
Fergusons commit lead gift,
of the campaign
“To have flexible lab space that I can rearrange to suit the kind of creative teaching technique that I want to implement for a particular exercise would be an incredible tool for educating students.”
Our perpetual goal is to educate quality leaders and prepare them to change the world. Cornerstone Donors, who commit to gifts of $1 million and more, will help us make that happen. In any building, the cornerstone determines the position of the entire structure and sets the direction of progress. Our Cornerstone Donors will be the foundation of the campaign and determine the trajectory and pace of our success.
As lead supporters, Cornerstone Donors will receive first right-of-refusal for naming opportunities within the building and will be included in VIP events leading up to the building’s dedication.