On Tuesday, May 20, APU dedicated the Duke Academic Complex on West Campus. The new building houses 12 classrooms, 6 seminar rooms, a lecture hall, 40 offices, an extensive art gallery, and a tri-level library.

APU faculty, staff, alumni, and donors attended the dedication. President Jon R. Wallace, D.B.A., expressed his appreciation for the contributions that made it possible for the Duke Academic Complex to be constructed, and also spoke of his excitement about its completion. Following President Wallace’s speech, Tracy Robbins ’01 sang "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." Cheryl Patton, member of the APU Board of Trustees and winner of the 2001 Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award, led the act of dedication.

John and Marilyn Duke, whose lead gift made construction of the complex possible, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony. "This is a completion of a dream," said Marilyn Duke. "It would be a thrill if my grandchildren would someday attend APU."

After a final prayer, the building opened for tours. The dedication ended with the President’s Circle Dinner for those who annually contribute $1,000 or more to the university.

The Duke Academic Complex serves as the new home for the Haggard School of Theology, and in the future, the School of Nursing and Department of Art.