A senior philanthropy executive, Anthony W. Duva possesses experience in fundraising, management, advertising, law, and strategic planning. As senior director of development for gift planning at Georgia Regents University, Anthony W. Duva obtains gifts of money for many of the school’s projects.
In March 2012, Georgia Regents University announced plans to build an education commons building for Medical College of Georgia students, made possible through a multi-million-dollar gift. Alumnus Dr. J. Harold Harrison gave $10 million to the school, and the building will open in fall 2014. Dr. Harrison and his estate also gave $66 million dollars to the Medical College of Georgia for medical student’s scholarships and other support for his beloved alma mater. During this semester, Georgia Regents University will award three full and three partial scholarships to cover tuition and fees for students at the medical college. The school also expects to add more J. Harold Harrison Scholars over the next few years.
Beyond aiding students financially, these funds will also be used to bolster the medical school’s faculty. The first step involves the introduction of a $2 million Harrison Distinguished University Chair. As the administration determines how best to distribute the endowment, it will establish more endowed chairs. Dr. Peter F. Buckley, dean of the school, commented that the money will allow the school to “raise [its] game” and attract higher-level students and professors who can become medical leaders throughout the state.