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CBA Legend Award in Business Achievement

The Legend Award recognizes extraordinary contributions of business leaders who personify Kansas State University's mission of advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. The award is the most prestigious award granted by the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University and it honors an individual who has rendered great lifetime service, who goes above and beyond in their daily lives to serve the CBA, its faculty, staff, students, and mission. This person possesses a deep responsibility for extraordinary acts of leadership.

All Kansas State University alumni, faculty, staff, administration, students, student organizations and friends are eligible to nominate individuals they feel are worthy recipients of the Business Legend Award.

The Legend Award is given when an individual meets the high qualifications established in the award guidelines. It is not necessarily awarded on an annual basis.

Legend Award Recipients

Dennis von Waaden    Sally von Waaden
Dennis and Sally von Waaden - 2021 Recipients 








Phil Howe - 2013 Recipient 


Roger Sink - 2013 Recipient

Criteria for the Award

  • Being a degreed alumnus/alumna of Kansas State University.

  • Having provided distinguished service to the Kansas State University College of Business Administration and/or to his/her own community together with a way of life that clearly exemplifies the guiding values and principles of Kansas State University.

  • Having a personal quality and professional reputation that reflects favorably on the CBA and/or Kansas State University.

  • History of creating a successful business or positive reputation of leadership in the field of quality and influence.

  • Career, vocation or life pursuits to include activities leading toward a successful career such as awards and recognitions received during career for outstanding service and accomplishments.

  • Connection with Kansas State University to include specific activities that have strengthened ties with K-State and/or improved some aspects of the quality of education within the university; listing membership on task forces, boards, committees, or groups enhancing the overall university environment and any other support.