March 30, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma Regent Donald B. Halverstadt, M.D., and his family have pledged $300,000 to the Lloyd Noble Center addition and renovation project at OU. The gift was announced Wednesday, March 29, during Dr. Halverstadt's final meeting as an OU regent.

"This generous gift is yet another example of the exceptional dedication Don Halverstadt has shown to the University of Oklahoma as an OU regent and as a longtime proponent of higher education in the state," said OU President David L. Boren.

"This university has been exceptionally good to me and my family," Halverstadt said. "It has given to us much more than we could ever repay to it."

Halverstadt, a member of the OU Board of Regents since 1993 and board chairman since March 1999, is a member of the volunteer campaign council leading the drive to complete private fund raising for the $16.8 million Lloyd Noble Center project. The campaign was launched with an $8.17 million pledge last year from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation of Ardmore.

The Lloyd Noble Center project will add a new wing to the south side of the facility, with full-sized practice courts, team facilities, and coaches office areas for both men's and women's basketball. It also will fund significant renovation and modernization of the existing LNC arena. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2001-2002 basketball season.

Dr. Halverstadt is a pioneer in the field of pediatric urology and serves as chief of the Pediatric Urology Service at Children's Hospital of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. He has held previous appointments as interim provost of the OU Health Sciences Center and as a clinical professor of pediatrics and of urology at the OU College of Medicine.

He served a five-year term as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and was chairman of that board from 1991 to 1993.

In February 1998, the Center of Excellence in Pediatric Urology at Children's Hospital was named in his honor. The National Kidney Foundation of Oklahoma named him Urologist of the Year in 1999.

He and his wife, Peggy, live in OKLAHOMA CITY and have been generous donors to OU for many years. Their gifts have established a scholarship for medical students, assisted in the renovation of the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course, and provided support to the President's Associates Program.