Lexington, Virginia • December 1, 2010
Washington and Lee University has received a $1 million endowment gift from Kimberly T. Duchossois to support competitive salaries for the University's coaches and to name the athletic director's position in honor of Michael F. Walsh, former athletic director at W&L and currently special assistant to the vice president for University advancement.
Duchossois, of Barrington, Ill., is a former member of the W&L Board of Trustees. Her son, Tyler R. Lenczuk, is a 2008 Washington and Lee graduate, and her father, Richard L. Duchossois, is a member of the University's Class of 1944.
"I am eternally grateful and indebted to Mike Walsh for the guidance, honesty and friendship he has tirelessly extended to us from the moment Ty expressed interest in W&L," Duchossois said. "I feel this is a fitting way to pay tribute to a wonderful man and to return gratitude for the gifts he has brought to us."
Through the terms of the gift, the athletic director's position at W&L will be known as the Michael F. Walsh Athletic Directorship. Walsh served as W&L's athletic director for 17 years.
"What a wonderful way to honor the excellent work that Mike has done for the University," said Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio. "We are all very grateful that Kim has provided us with this important support to the University and especially for our coaches."
The $1 million gift also meets the terms of the $33 million 1:1 challenge grant from Washington and Lee alumnus Gerry Lenfest '53, '55L. The challenge helps increase faculty salaries, including those of coaches. Meeting the Lenfest Challenge is a priority of "Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee." Last month, Washington and Lee formally launched the $500 million campaign.