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).