WBU Honors Kollmans for Philanthropic Ventures

November 21, 2017

Wayland representatives stand with the Kollman family
Robert and Stacey Kollman (center) were honored with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award by Wayland Baptist University during a luncheon held Thursday at the Overton Hotel by the Lubbock Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Pictured with the honorees are (from left) Mike Melcher, senior major gifts officer; Dr. Kevin Ludlum, Vice President for Advancement; Laurie Hall, first lady; and Dr. Bobby Hall, Wayland president.

LUBBOCK – Wayland Baptist University honored longtime supporters Robert and Stacey Kollman on Thursday with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award at a luncheon celebrating National Philanthropy Day and hosted by the Lubbock chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The Kollmans are owners of Chicken Express franchises in Plainview and in Lubbock and have been generous supporters of Wayland from their early days as business operators. Over the years, they have supported various Wayland athletic programs as sponsors, supported general fund endeavors and the Lubbock gala and golf tournaments. This past year, the Kollmans and their three sons dedicated an endowed scholarship to Wayland to provide assistance for students to complete their education. Stacey is also a member of the Sally Society and has sponsored their Power of the Purse event in Lubbock since its inception four years ago.

“The Kollmans truly have a love and appreciation for education and want to use the resources with which God has blessed them to help students,” said Mike Melcher, senior major gifts officer at Wayland. “Their gifts have touched every corner of our campus and will continue to bless students for many years to come. We are so appreciative of their enthusiastic and joyful giving to our university and consider them great friends.”

The couple was one of a dozen honored by various entities with AFP membership for the Spirit of Philanthropy award. The luncheon also included awards for outstanding individual philanthropist, youth philanthropist, organization, foundation and fundraiser.