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Duke gets $80M gift for renovations

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Duke University announced the largest private gift in its history - an $80 million donation from the Duke Endowment.

The gift - $10 million of which has already been delivered, the balanced pledged over coming years - will pay for renovations to three campus meeting and performance spaces.

They are the West Union and Page Auditorium on Duke's West Campus, and Baldwin Auditorium on East Campus.

These are projects Duke would not have been able to pay for were it not for the largesse of the Duke Endowment, the private philanthropic organization established by James B. Duke, said a very grateful Richard Brodhead, Duke's president, following the gift announcement Monday.

"The university is committed to insurinmg the highest quality of experience to students," Brodhead said.

Collectively, the three renovation projects aim to create better meeting spaces for students, faculty and staff. Page and Baldwin are performance venues while the West Union houses restaurants and meeting spaces.

Brodhead promises a startling transformation that will retain the historic character of each building while making a quantum leap forward in terms of modernization and utility.

"We'll have to take 'before' and 'after' pictures of the sites," he said. "Because people will take the 'after' for granted."

Read more on this in Tuesday's News & Observer.

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Eric Ferreri covers higher education and general news.