A Duke University graduate, AFL & NHL owner and asset manager pledged $10 million to Duke to hire and retain professors who will work on complex societal challenges, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Tuesday.
the Vinik Faculty Challenge Fund, the alumnus Jeffrey N. Vinik and his
wife Penny hope to see the professors focus on topics like engineering
and related areas in energy, global health, brain sciences and the
environment. The Viniks want the fund to create up to 10 associate or
full professorships dedicated to addressing problems that affect the
quality of life.
problems facing society today create immense opportunities for students
who are capable of bridging their science and engineering education
with complementary skills in economics, humanities and policy,” Vinik
said in a news release. “Faculty members are the key to providing these
students with an exceptional educational experience and for engaging
them in hands-on research projects and independent studies that will
give them the skills to become leaders in their fields and make a
positive difference in the world.”
1981 graduate from Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, Vinik earned an
MBA from Harvard Business School, founded Boston-based Vinik Asset
Management and now owns the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm and
the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. He is also a minority owner of Major
League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox.
For more on Vinik, click here to read a recent profile of him published by the Tampa Bay Times. Or see this profile in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.