new members and three new observers joined the Duke University Board of
Trustees on July 1, the university announced Wednesday.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
joining Medtronic, Hawkins worked for four years as president and chief
executive officer at Novoste Corp.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.