On October 25th, 2019, Brescia University officially renamed the Science Building to The Roy and Victoria Duffy Roberts Center for the Sciences. This naming is in honor of the 1.3 million dollar donation the late Roy Roberts, and his wife Victoria, made to the University in 2017.
In addition to the Roberts Center for the Sciences, the Roberts name will be featured on an executive boardroom/classroom and a 150 seat auditorium, both in the nearly completed C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies. Roy and Victoria also generously supported the building of the fountain in the middle of the University’s quad.
“I am deeply grateful to Roy and Vicki for their willingness to share in Brescia’s future in such a generous way. The Roberts’ are great examples of what is possible with hard work, intelligence, and drive. We are proud of Roy and Vicki for all they have accomplished and appreciate their incredible trust and investment in the Brescia mission,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University.
Charlie Kamuf, who served on the Brescia University Board of Directors alongside Mr. Roberts, stated “Roy had a great influence on Brescia. He was a visionary. When Roy spoke, you listened. He was always doing research – he would research other colleges and universities and see how they did things so we would have new, advanced ideas and Brescia. Roy was a remarkable man, he lifted us up.”
“Growing up, my parents always put such an emphasis on education. I can still hear my father saying to myself – and my brothers and sisters and his grandchildren – you can either have four years of fun now and spend the rest of your life working hard, or you can work hard now for four years, earn your degree, and spend the rest of your life doing something that you love,” stated Troy Roberts, son of Roy and Victoria.
Mr. Roberts, an Owensboro native, is a 1968 graduate of then Brescia College, holding a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. He earned his MBA from the Lacy School of Business at Butler University. He has studied entrepreneurial professional development at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, advanced banking at Princeton University and international banking at the Wharton School. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc. (APC), headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is located in 44 states, Canada, and provides services worldwide.
Prior to building his own firm, he spent the entirety of his career with the IBM Corporation from 1968 until he took full retirement in 1993 to start APC. APC is a multiple INC 500 award winner business focused on professional services specialized in business, artificial intelligence, analytics, IT, engineering, and other highly skilled talent. APC offers a full suite of business solutions for Fortune 500 to mid-sized companies. It was selected by the US Department of Commerce as the National Professional Services Firm of the Year in 2016 and 2008. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Brescia University Board of Trustees. He is also the President of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce North Carolina, Treasurer of the Brownleigh Business Park Association, and is a past board member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise.
Mrs. Vicki Roberts, also an Owensboro native, is a 1967 graduate of the Brescia College, holding a B.S. in Medical Technology. Both Mr. and Mrs. Roberts have been inducted into the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni for their service to their community, accomplishments in business, and exemplification of the Brescia Difference.