$2.5M supports Michigan State basketball, professorship

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University says it’s getting $2.5 million to help construct a basketball hall of history, make other improvements at the Breslin Center and create a professorship at the school.

The gift announced Friday is pledged by alumni John Duffey, who is the president and CEO of regional theme park company Six Flags Entertainment, and Becky Duffey.

The couple’s donation includes $1.5 million for athletics and $1 million for the Broad College of Business to create a professorship in the School of Hospitality Business.

The gift is part of the university’s Empower Extraordinary Capital Campaign, a $1.5 billion effort that was publicly launched in October 2014.

The Duffeys previously made a $1.5 million gift to upgrade football practice facilities, now called the John and Becky Duffey Football Practice Field.