MSU board approves naming of ‘Perles Plaza’

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 432-0920,

May 18, 2007

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has voted to name the plaza adjacent to the Duffy Daugherty Football Building after trustee and former football coach George Perles and his wife, Sally Perles.

In honor of their gift of $500,000, the plaza will be named the George J. Perles and Sally A. Perles Plaza.

The board approved the naming at its May 18 meeting.

“This naming is an honor for Sally and me for many, many reasons. But first and foremost is the honor of being associated with another name, Duffy Daugherty. Duffy was my mentor and role model. I owe so much to Duffy, a man who put his faith in me. I would not be here as a trustee or in a position to make this gift if it hadn’t been for Duffy. Sally and I would like this plaza to be a visible reminder to all who visit that Duffy Daugherty was not only a coaching legend and a leader for his time, but for all time, because his influence lives on in the lives of Spartans everywhere.”

The plaza project is part of a $12 million, first-phase renovation of the Duffy Daugherty Building. The plaza will complement the overall renovation and expansion by providing a landscaped “framework” which will enhance the architectural uniqueness of the building.

In addition, the plaza also will provide a public gathering space that will help facilitate interaction of the university community with this area of campus.

The building is located on Chestnut Road at Shaw Lane in the heart of the MSU campus’s athletic and recreational district.

An MSU graduate, Perles played football under the legendary Duffy Daugherty. After a National Football League coaching career, Perles was named MSU head football coach in 1982, a post he held for 12 seasons. He also served as athletic director in 1988.

In November 2006 he was elected to the MSU Board of Trustees. He began serving an eight-year term Jan. 1, 2007.