North entrance of Ritchie Hall and West view of Lindley Hall

Ritchie Hall

Located at the north side of the Earth, Energy, and Environment Center, Ritchie Hall connects to Slawson and Lindley Hall with walkways to encourage collaboration amongst departments and their students and faculty.

    Students laughing in the courtyard of Ritchie Hall

    In addition to lab and research spaces, Ritchie Hall features:

    • Department of Geology office suite
    • Engaged learning auditorium
    • Faculty and student office space
    • Collaboration spaces
    • Engaged learning classrooms
    • G-Hawk Courtyard
    Scott and Carol Ritchie
    Scott and Carol Ritchie

    Ritchie Hall - A gift from Scott and Carol Ritchie and their family. 2017

    A. Scott Ritchie, a Wichita native, graduated from KU in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He is chairman of Ritchie Exploration, Inc., a Wichita-based oil and gas exploration company, as well as chairman of Hallrich Inc. and president of Highland Ranch Co. in the Flint Hills. Carol Swanson Ritchie grew up in Clarinda, Iowa, and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from KU in 1954. The couple married three weeks after their KU graduation and have three children, Scott III, Thomas and Ann, all of whom attended KU. The Ritchies are devoted supporters of KU’s faculty and students. Scott received the Haworth Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize his outstanding career. Carol received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for her service as member and board chair of the Alumni Association. Scott also received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, and the Department of Geology gave him its Legacy Award for exceptional dedication and generosity.

    Explore Ritchie Hall

    • Students walking under the bridge between Ritchie and Slawson Halls into the courtyard

      G-Hawk Courtyard

      Specimens collected from across the world are shared in the G-Hawk Courtyard

    • East side of Ritchie Hall from the Courtyard with a reflection of Lindley Hall in the windows

      Learning Auditorium

      63 seat classrooms with technology for engaged learning