Happy Holidays from Duke’s Office of Gift Planning

Celebrating another successful Duke year made possible by your support.

As we close 2021 and look ahead to the new year, we take this time to reflect on just a few of the many Duke University achievements over the past twelve months that were made possible by your steadfast support, encouragement, and generosity.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke 9th among U.S. universities.
  • In February 2021, Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Ph.D. was named dean of the Duke University School of Nursing and vice chancellor for Nursing Affairs, effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos’s current research interests include the role of families in promoting adolescent and young adult health among Latinos and in other underserved communities, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and improving care outcomes for youth receiving HIV prevention and care services.
  • Duke men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has won more Division I men’s college basketball games than any coach in history, announced in June 2021 that the 2021-22 season will be his final year of coaching. Jon Scheyer, who played under Krzyzewski from 2006 to 2010 and was a captain of the 2010 national championship team, has been named Krzyzewski’s successor and will be the program’s 20th head coach beginning with the 2022-23 season.
  • In March 2021, all four Duke University undergraduates nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship won the federally endowed award that encourages students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Yasa Baig ’22, John Boom ’22, Grace Dessert ’22 and Anish Karpurapu ’22 were among the 410 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • In November 2021, Duke Kunshan University senior Ege Kaan Duman became the first DKU student to receive a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Duman, one of only three students elected through the global constituency this year, plans to pursue a master of philosophy degree in medical anthropology, with his research interests including medical ethics and comparative medical narratives. He aspires to fight for health and health care around the world.

We offer our thanks and appreciation for all that you do to help Duke achieve each of these successes and so much more. We wish you and your family good health and happiness this holiday season and in the new year ahead.


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Duke University’s Office of Gift Planning specializes in charitable gift planning for estates, charitable trusts and annuities, and other complex current and future gift plans.

For more information, please contact the Duke University Office of Gift Planning at 919-681-0464 or giftplanning@duke.edu.