The University of Notre Dame has received a $5 million gift from Tom and Molly Duffey to create and endow a new student career development program in the Keough School of Global Affairs. The university says the Duffey Career Development Program will prepare graduate and undergraduate students to compete for professional opportunities and positions.
Tom Duffey graduated from Notre Dame in 1979 and Molly graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1979. Tom is also currently a member of the university’s advisory council.
“This generous gift from Tom and Molly ensures that our graduates, who are blessed with the values and intellect to change the world, launch their careers with every advantage in a competitive marketplace,” said Scott Appleby, dean of the Keough School. “The Duffey Career Development Program will serve students during a critical time of professional and personal discernment as they determine how and where to maximize the impact of their efforts to build a more just, peaceful and secure world.”
The gift will fund the appointment of a career development team that will work to create postgraduate internships and fellowships designed to help students transition from their Keough School studies to careers.
“The Duffeys have been a blessing to this new school, and Tom has been a wise adviser to me and to the other deans and staff,” Appleby said. “I will always be grateful for their friendship, support and encouragement.”
Notre Dame says the Duffeys also made a gift to support the opening of the Keough School’s Washington office.