The gift will establish the Stavropoulos Center for Interdisciplinary Biophysics, which will bring thought leaders in the fields of physics, biology, and medicine to the university's South Bend campus, where they will work with physicists, biologists, chemists, mathematicians, and engineers to pursue novel approaches to cancer, stem cell biology, therapeutic development, and other areas of research.
A member of Notre Dame's College of Science Advisory Council since 1988, Bill Stavropoulos earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Fordham University and a doctorate in medical chemistry from the University of Washington before joining the Dow Chemical Company. He became the company's CEO in 1995 and served as chair from 2002 to 2004. Stavropoulos currently serves on a handful of corporate boards and is president and founder of the Michigan Baseball Foundation and the Great Lake Loons, a minor league baseball team in Midland, Michigan. Linda Stavropoulos, a former schoolteacher, serves as president of the family foundation, which awards grants in the areas of health care, human services, higher education, and religion.
"The interconnectedness of biology and physics to understanding living systems is longstanding, but in recent years has become even more central to scientific research," said Thomas G. Burish, the university's Charles and Jill Fischer Provost. "Bill and Linda's generous and visionary gift will give us the opportunity to significantly expand our work in this arena. We are most grateful."