In Brief: September-October 2005

October 1, 2005

 

  • Duke's Fuqua School of Business launched the Duke Goethe Executive M.B.A. program this summer in Germany. The twenty-two-month program, undertaken in collaboration with Frankfurt University's Johann Wolfgang Goethe Business School, had an inaugural class of thirty-three working executives--73 percent from Germany, the rest from Australia, China, France, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
  • Sean McNally '94 was named Duke's head baseball coach, succeeding Bill Hillier, who resigned in May. McNally, who lettered all four years at Duke, was drafted by the Royals in 1994 and played nine years in minor leagues for six organizations. He was manager of the Burlington Indians until joining Duke.
  • Christian Laettner '92 and Brian Davis '92, members of Duke's first two national championship basketball teams, will give $2 million to the university to support a men's basketball scholarship and a planned athletics facility. A scholarship will be endowed with $750,000 of the gift, and the remaining $1.25 million will support a new practice and training facility to be built behind Cameron Indoor Stadium, pending final approval from Duke's trustees.

    Laettner, who plays for the Miami Heat, and Davis are partners with Durham developer Tom Niemann M.B.A. '91 in Blue Devil Ventures, a company formed in 1995 that is now building the next phase of West Village, their mixed-use project in downtown Durham.