Don and Lora Peters Give $1M to Tulane Athletics

Don Peters (above) and Lora Peters have made a $1 million gift in support of an expansion and renovation of the Tulane University Athletics Department’s academic center. (Photo courtesy of Steve Ruark)

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University Athletics announced today a $1 million gift from Don and Lora Peters in support of an expansion and renovation of the department’s academic center. Since the beginning of Tulane University’s Only the Audacious campaign, Don and Lora Peters have given over $4 million in support of Tulane Athletics. In recognition of their leadership, the state-of-the-art facility will be named the Don and Lora Peters Academic Center.

The $1 million gift kickstarts a $2.2 million fundraising campaign to address a substantial infrastructure enhancement to the academic services center which has not received a significant renovation in two decades. The project’s scope and elements are set to be finalized at the turn of the new year with a planned opening in the fall of 2021.

“The most important job of the Athletics Department is to ensure that the students get a first-class education,” Don Peters said. “An additional goal is to lead its conference with the highest graduation rate and team GPAs. Tulane should also be among the best in the NCAA in these metrics. Renovating the academic center will help the university achieve these objectives and we are delighted to have played a role in getting this launched.”

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Once completed, the new facility will significantly enhance Tulane’s academic departmental workspace and provide the latest learning technology for student-athlete success in the classroom.

“Once again, Don and Lora Peters have shown their commitment to ensuring that our student-athletes are students first and foremost and are equipped with the tools and facilities they need to achieve success both here at Tulane and throughout their lives,” Tulane President Michael Fitts said.

In addition, the facility will remain within the James W. Wilson Jr. Center to conveniently serve the academic needs of the department’s 350-plus student-athletes.

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“The completion of the Don and Lora Peters Academic Center is a critical piece to ensure that our student-athletes will continue their standard of academic excellence for years to come,” Tulane Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. “I would like to thank both Don and Lora Peters for their commitment to our student-athletes to get this project off the ground and to make it a reality.”

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