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Duke Announces New Board of Trustees Members

Duke Announces New Board of Trustees Members

Six new members and three new observers joined the board of trustees July 1

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Durham, NC - Six new members and three new observers joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1, the university announced Wednesday.

Serving six-year terms on the governing body are Allyson Duncan, a judge on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals; Gerald Hassell, president of BNY Mellon; Bill Hawkins, former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic, Inc.; Betsy Holden, senior adviser to McKinsey & Co.; and the Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley, executive director of the Transition Into Ministry program.

Also, Robert Penn, president of three privately held independent oil and gas production companies, will serve a two-year term beginning July 1. Penn will complete the six-year term of Kimberly Jenkins, who vacated her position to become Duke's senior adviser to the president and provost for innovation and entrepreneurship.

In addition, Jeff Howard, president-elect of the Duke Alumni Association, will serve two years as an observer, then two years as a voting member. Michelle Sohn, the undergraduate young trustee, will serve one year as an observer and two years as a voting member. Ali Saaem, the young trustee from graduate/professional students, will serve as an observer for one year, then as a voting member for one year.

Nominated by President George W. Bush, Duncan was confirmed by a unanimous Senate vote in 2003 to serve on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is the first African-American and first woman from North Carolina to do so.

The Duke Law School graduate was appointed to the Committee on International Judicial Relations of the United States Judicial Conference by Chief Justice Roberts, and is a vice president of the Federal Judges Association.

She previously served on the North Carolina Utilities Commission, on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and as acting legal counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2002, she was elected president of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Hassell oversees BNY Mellon's investment services businesses, including asset, broker-dealer, treasury and clearing services. He also has management responsibility for client management, operations and technology.

Hassell was president of The Bank of New York prior to the bank's 2007 merger with Mellon Financial Corp. He joined The Bank of New York's Management Development Program more than three decades ago, and held key leadership positions in securities servicing, corporate banking and credit, among others.

Hassell, who earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Duke, chaired the board of visitors of The Fuqua School of Business at Duke from 2005-11.

Hawkins, a Durham native and Duke engineering graduate, joined Medtronic as senior vice president in January 2002. He was named president and chief operating officer two years later. Hawkins assumed the role of chief executive officer of Medtronic, Inc. in 2007 and became chairman of the board in 2008.  He retired in June of this year.

Before joining Medtronic, Hawkins worked for four years as president and chief executive officer at Novoste Corp.

He chaired the Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors at Duke from 2009-11 and is a member of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Board of Trustees.

Holden has more than 30 years of experience in consumer products, with expertise in general management, strategy, marketing and innovation. As a senior adviser to McKinsey & Co., she works with clients across industries on strategy, marketing, innovation and board effectiveness initiatives.

Holden, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Duke, is a former co-chief executive officer of Kraft Foods and CEO of Kraft Foods North America. 

Holden serves on a number of boards including Diageo PLC, Tribune Co., Western Union, Media Bank, and the Kellogg School of Management.  She chaired the Trinity College Board of Visitors at Duke from 2009-11. 

Penn, who earned his undergraduate degree from Duke, is president of Penn Resources, Inc.; Penn Brothers, Inc.; and Rock Island Resource Co., Inc. The companies represent interests in more than 4,500 properties in 13 states and offshore, including management of limited partnerships and joint ventures.

Penn's community activities have included Leadership Dallas, The Family Place, Dallas Museum of Art, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Vestry, and Trinity College Board of Visitors at Duke. He also has been a board member for Ronald McDonald House and helped lead various fundraising campaigns. 

Crowder Stanley serves the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as executive director of the Transition Into Ministry program. Previously, she was senior pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point, N.C.

Crowder Stanley has worked as an adjunct faculty member at Duke Divinity School, as a president of the school's national alumni association, and serves on Divinity's board of visitors. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duke.

She also has served as a district superintendent and parish minister in Minnesota and western North Carolina, and been a chaplain at Duke Medical Center and Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

She has served parishes in Minnesota and Western North Carolina, as a district superintendent and, early in her career, as a chaplain at Duke Medical Center and Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Howard is executive vice president of Salem Investment Counselors, Inc., which manages assets for individuals, families, foundations and endowments. He previously practiced law for 15 years in Winston-Salem.

Along with his role with the Duke Alumni Association, Howard served on the Duke Parent Advisory Committee. He has served as chair of the Forsyth County Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation Board of Directors, and as president of the Parents' Association and chair of the board of trustees at Forsyth Country Day School.

Howard, who earned his undergraduate degree from Duke, is founder and president of The First Tee of the Triad, a chapter of the national organization designed to foster character development and life skills in kids through golf.

Sohn, the undergraduate young trustee, graduated from Duke in May with a bachelor's degree in English. As an undergraduate at Duke, she was a Baldwin Scholar, participated in the DukeEngage community service program, served in student government and made the dean's list several times.

Sohn also has worked as a staff member at Duke University Student Affairs and served on The (Duke) Chronicle Editorial Board. In addition, she worked as an intern for U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and has been a member of the Duke trustees' Undergraduate Education Committee.

Saaem, a fifth-year biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, serves on the executive body of the Graduate and Professional Student Council and has been a member of Duke's Business and Finance Committee. He is also a mentor in the BOOST program of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, which works to educate minority sixth-graders about science and inspire them to pursue careers in medicine and related fields.

Prior to entering his doctoral studies, Saaem held engineering positions at Motorola and Verizon Wireless. He also worked as a consultant in the Investment Banking Unit of Eastern Bank Ltd., a private bank in his native Bangladesh. He is currently involved in a biotech startup.

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Contact: Keith Lawrence
Phone: (919) 681-8059

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Contact: Keith Lawrence
Phone: (919) 681-8059