Roy Andrew Seaton, the longest serving dean in the history of Kansas State University College of Engineering, filled that position from 1920-1949. His illustrious career was one of commitment and leadership to both engineering education and the engineering profession.
During his tenure, Seaton established the curriculums of architectural engineering, chemical engineering, landscape architecture, and industrial arts; formed and organized Steel Ring; and began the tradition of the annual Engineering Open House.
He actively promoted the upgrading of engineering education that eventually led to the accreditation of engineering schools across the country, and laid the foundation for the Kansas law that required those practicing as professional engineers to be licensed and registered as such. He received the prestigious Lamme Medal for Achievement in Engineering Education.
In the spirit of this legacy, the Seaton Society was established in 1999 to recognize donors who provide significant annual gifts to support the College of Engineering.
The impact of Seaton Society donors will be seen in every aspect of the college as it moves forward in excellence of engineering education. Initiatives supported by these funds will include the following:
- discretionary gifts to the dean or department heads
- scholarships to recruit new students, recognize academic excellence, and retain those with financial need
- student leadership organizations and activities
- student participation in competitions and leadership opportunities
- special projects and professional development for faculty
Extraordinary accomplishments of alumni will be recognized annually:
- Donors who have created a new fund in the previous fiscal year.
- Donors who have reached the Founder's level
Membership Levels and Benefits
Membership in the Seaton Society recognizes all who contribute $1,000 or more during the fiscal year ending each June to any area within the College of Engineering. Corporate gifts that match employee contributions will be counted.
Donors may renew their membership each year by making a gift at one of five levels. The exception is the Founder Level; these donors, at the dean's invitation, receive lifetime membership for their extraordinary support of the vision and mission of the college.
Executive: $5,000 to $9,999.99
Partner: $2,500 to $4,999.99
Leadership Circle: $1,000 to $2,499.99
As a member, you will be invited to attend the annual Seaton Society Banquet, be listed in both Impact and the annual report, and be included in periodic area/regional events and campus activities.
For more information about the Seaton Society and other giving opportunities, please contact:
Engineering Office of Development
Kansas State University Foundation
1800 Kimball Ave. Suite 200
Manhattan, KS 66502