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Developer makes $2 million gift

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  • | 5:18 p.m. February 4, 2014
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FORT MYERS — David Lucas, the developer of Bonita Bay and other upscale communities in the region, has pledged $2 million for faculty development at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The money will be used to establish The Lucas Center for Faculty Development. The center will focus on offering faculty training in a range of areas including instructional design, classroom management, learning theory, assessment and teaching techniques. It also will expand training so that it will be relevant to all stages in a faculty member's teaching career, according to a statement from the university.

“Through this tremendous gift, our faculty will have the benefit of a full range of resources in support of their instructional roles,” says FGCU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Toll, in the statement.  “Development opportunities are essential in order to assist new faculty as they begin their careers, as well as for experienced faculty as they strive for continuous improvement.”

Lucas is chairman of the board of Bonita Bay Group and developed communities such as Bonita Bay, The Brooks, Verandah, Sandoval and TwinEagles. Lucas was a founding member of the FGCU board of trustees and he serves on the FGCU Foundation board of directors.


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