The Duke athletics department has received a $10 million gift from Dr. Steven and Rebecca Scott, the largest gift of its kind in the University’s history.
The gift will support a new three-story, 35,000 sq.-ft. building that will house ticket offices, department offices, a team store, training rooms and a larger weight room for Olympic sports. It will be built next to the Murray Building and is expected to accommodate Duke’s more than 600 athletes.
“The tremendous generosity of Steven and Rebecca Scott for this magnificent investment is, in fact, unmatched in the history of Duke Athletics,” said Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics, in a press release. “The facility will serve as a showplace for the standards of excellence exhibited throughout the entire institution.”
The gift marks a step closer to the University’s $250 million goal for athletics—$100 million of which will be dedicated to facility enhancements—as part of the Duke Forward capital campaign. Additional facilities to be renovated with the funds include Wallace Wade Stadium and Cameron Indoor Stadium, as well as a new track and field stadium.
“Becky and I strongly believe in the need to give back and do what we can to make an impact and a difference,” Steven Scott said. “After speaking with President [Richard] Brodhead and Kevin White and hearing more about their vision for the future of Duke Athletics, we decided we wanted very much to be a part of this effort.”
Steven Scott serves on the board of directors for the Duke University Health System as well as the steering committee for Duke Forward. He is the retired chairman of Scott Holdings, LLC, a medical investment company, and currently serves as an assistant consulting professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke. He is president of the Scott Family Foundation and is on the board of trustees at the University of Florida.
After graduating from medical school at Indiana University, Scott completed his internship and residency at Duke from 1974-1978.
Rebecca Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before coming to Duke, where she earned an allied health certificate in nurse anesthesiology in 1979. She previously served on the boards of Durham-area educational organizations including Durham Academy, the Hill Center and the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Education, and on the board at the Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla.