September 7, 2021

Three to Receive University Medals

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Three to Receive University Medals

This year’s University Medals will honor the distinguished service of two former chairs of the Duke University Board of Trustees and an influential leader at Duke and in Durham. The university's highest honor, the awards will be presented in conjunction with Founders’ Weekend September 24-26.

“The University Medal is reserved for those who make transformational contributions to the Duke community,” said President Vincent E. Price. “It is fitting, then, that we this year recognize MaryAnn Black, Pete Nicholas, and Rick Wagoner, whose leadership and vision has improved the lives of countless students, faculty, staff, patients, and neighbors and set Duke on a course to an even more vibrant future. We are so very grateful for their efforts.”

Pete Nicholas, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the board of Boston Scientific Corporation, served as a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2005 and served as chair from 2003 to 2005. The Nicholas family has provided major philanthropic support to Duke, including the naming gift for the Nicholas School of the Environment. Nicholas is an emeritus member of the Board of Advisors for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.