The Kaspar family has announced an $180,000 gift to the Power of Ten fundraising campaign for the planned Ivy Tech Community College campus in Frankfort. The campus building at 251 E. Clinton St. will be named Kaspar Hall in recognition of the gift. A display describing the life of Vern and Lillian Kaspar and their contributions to broadcasting and media will be installed in the facility.
“It is my hope that Kaspar Hall will be a celebration and inspiration to others,” said Vern Kaspar, “and reflect the importance of education to my family’s success.”
The Kaspar family came to the United States from Central Europe, where they did not have access to college or post-secondary education of any kind, according to Kaspar. Through education, hard work and determined vision, the family prospered and made significant contributions to the development of broadcasting and media in America.
“Education was the key to changing my family’s fortune. It is our desire to give back from the fruits of our success so that others may have the same opportunities to enhance their quality of life,” Kaspar said. “In a time of globalization and exponential advancements in technology, Indiana’s citizens, workforce and businesses must remain globally competitive and this includes increasing the value of human resources to the employer community.”
Vern Kaspar purchased the WILO radio station in Frankfort in 1959. He still operates WILO and WSHW along with his son Russ Kaspar. In addition to the radio stations in Frankfort, the family owns stations in Zionsville, Indiana and in St. Louis, Missouri. Vern Kaspar was inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2004.
“The Kaspar family’s support of bringing an Ivy Tech campus to Frankfort has been the key to the success of this important vision for the community,” said Dr. David Bathe, Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Lafayette. “On behalf of Ivy Tech and the Ivy Tech Foundation, I thank the Kaspar family for their generosity and foresight.”
About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.