DURHAM — A Duke University trustee and his wife have given $1.5 million to endow a professorship at the Duke Divinity School, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead announced Tuesday.
The gift from Jack Bovender and his wife, Barbara, will fund a professor of Anglican Episcopal studies and ministry.
Duke now has 30 students enrolled in its Anglican Certificate Program.
Jack Bovender, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duke, worked in the health care industry for 40 years before retiring in 2009 as chairman and chief executive officer of Hospital Corporation of America
Barbara Bovender also has strong ties to Duke, having served as the head nurse on a psychiatric unit at Duke Hospital while her husband was a student.
The Bovenders attended high school in the town of King, in Stokes County. They are Episcopalians and now live in Nashville, Tenn.