Duke University gets $10 million gift for public policy school

jstancill@newsobserver.comApril 30, 2013 

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David Rubenstein


— A $10 million donation to Duke University’s public policy school will support student fellowships and internships, the university announced Tuesday.

The gift, from Duke Trustee David Rubenstein, is the largest single donation to date for the Sanford School of Public Policy. It is the latest gift announced by Duke as part of its ongoing $3.25 billion, multiyear fundraising campaign.

The money will go toward fellowships for graduate students and internships for undergraduates, as well as a fund to spur the school’s engagement in public policy issues of the day.

Of the total, $6 million will go to fellowships for public policy graduate students who have done some kind of service in programs such as Teach for America, the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps. Another $2 million will support paid internships in public policy for undergraduates.

The remaining $2 million will go to a fund for use on various projects. The incoming dean, Yale University professor Kelly Brownell, wants to enhance the Duke in D.C. program and build programs that extend Duke’s expertise to legislators and other policymakers, the university said in a news release.

The school, named for Terry Sanford – former North Carolina governor, senator and Duke president – includes programs on child and family policy, national security, international development and other issues. The public policy major is among the most popular at Duke.

Rubenstein is a 1970 graduate of Duke and vice chairman of the trustee board. He is the co-founder of the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms.

He is a longtime Duke donor, having committed more than $50 million to the university in recent years.

Previously, Rubenstein gave nearly $11 million to the Sanford school for programs and construction. In the past year, he pledged $10 million to Duke athletics and $15 million for the university’s entrepreneurship initiative. Two years ago, he donated $13.6 million to the library to support the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which now bears his name.

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