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Duke University

Gift to Sanford School to Focus on National Security Professorship

Duke University has received a $1.825 million gift from Husein Cumber ’97 and his wife LeAnna Cumber, the majority of which will establish a full professorship in national security at the Sanford School of Public Policy. The gift includes $1.75 million for the professorship through The Duke Endowment Sanford Faculty Challenge and support for the Sanford School and the Trinity Arts and Sciences annual funds.

In addition, the Husein and LeAnna Cumber Family Professorship Fund will be matched, doubling the impact of the family’s gift. This match is made possible through the recent $10 million award from The Duke Endowment to Sanford for graduate fellowships, professorships and strategic investments in school priorities.

Sanford Dean Judith Kelley said this gift comes at a perfect moment—the beginning of the executive Master of National Security Policy (MNSP) program and 50 years of public policy at Duke—from a family who is dedicated to the future of Sanford.

“Sanford alumni are some of the most engaged and active alumni, and the Cumber family is a true example of action and dedication. This gift will propel our new MNSP program forward. With our legacy of 50 years of public policy at Duke, this gift invests in the future of public policy at Duke,” Kelley said.