Ken and Joan Austin

Ken and Joan AustinBreaking New Ground

A gift of 23 acres from the Austin family allows for construction of complex

Ken and Joan Austin are well known for their generous contributions to George Fox and the surrounding community. The owners and founders of A-dec, the world’s largest dental manufacturing company, the Austins have established scholarships and given substantial gifts to the university before, but when they contributed 23 acres of land worth more than $5 million, it was nothing short of groundbreaking.

And there’s no doubt that one of the most generous gifts the university has ever received will keep on giving for the foreseeable future. Located a half mile north of campus, what was once unutilized land will soon be home to the Austin Sports Complex. The complex will allow community, high school, and, of course, George Fox sports teams of all types to play the games they love at a world-class facility.

But the Austins weren’t alone in their generosity. John and Marilyn Duke gave $2.5 million to help cover construction costs for a new athletic center, Brad and Katherine Stoffer and the Boedecker Foundation gave $1.2 million to build the Stoffer Family Stadium, and several businesses and individual donors alike have contributed anywhere from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars to the project.