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Duke Science and Technology initiative leaps forward with $23.75 million gift

Duke Trustee Ned Gilhuly ’82 and wife Karen make gift to support Duke’s signature effort to elevate excellence in the sciences.

As a seasoned investor, Duke trustee Ned Gilhuly ’82 knows the importance of due diligence.

So, when he and his wife Karen decided they wanted to make a significant financial contribution to Duke, he wanted to ensure it would be one that would help the university make a leap forward. The Gilhuly family’s interest in elevating Duke’s mission was well established; Ned and three of their four children are Duke alumni. Yet, exactly how their next gift could be leveraged to best benefit Duke required some expert advice.

A conversation with R. Sanders “Sandy” Williams, M.D., vice president for research and innovation at Duke, yielded exactly the kind of advice Ned was seeking.

Gilhuly and his family have donated $23.75 million to support Duke’s Science and Technology initiative (DST). DST is Duke’s signature effort to elevate excellence in the sciences and represents a historic faculty hiring and fundraising effort designed to support, attract and retain top faculty in the sciences at Duke. Embedded within DST is a complementary focus on enhancing Duke’s prowess and reputation for excellence in Research Translation and Commercialization (RTC).