Alumnus, trustee to donate $2 million to GW

A member of the GW Board of Trustees has pledged a $2 million gift for academics and athletics, the University announced Thursday.

Avram “Ave” Tucker, who graduated from GW with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1977, will divide his gift among the athletics department, the GW School of Business and the GW Law School, according to a University release.

Tucker will give $750,000 to support faculty research in the business school, and $250,000 will go to the law school’s endowed fund for the government contracts associate dean.

“While at the time I didn’t really understand it, [the School of Business] spent a lot of time teaching us how to think, and be creative and come up with solutions,” he said in the release. “That’s served me very well in my career.”

The other $1 million from the gift will go to the athletics department, with half going to construction of a new clubhouse and the other half to the Buff and Blue Fund, which launched two years ago to increase unrestricted annual giving to GW’s athletics programs.

The Board of Trustees voted last month to name the baseball field at Barcroft Park in Tucker’s honor. The field will be dedicated on Saturday.

Tucker attended GW on a baseball scholarship during his junior and senior years. He is now a forensic accountant and the co-founder and chief executive officer of TM Financial Forensics, LLC. He joined the Board of Trustees in June 2013 after spending 16 years on the business school’s advisory board.

“I am delighted that Ave Tucker has chosen to support the university in such a range of important ways, each of which means so much to him personally,” University President Steven Knapp said in the release.

Tucker’s donation follows Mark Shenkman’s $5 million gift, the largest-ever from a sitting trustee. GW renamed Ivory Tower in Shenkman’s honor.

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