Duke Adds Six New Members To Board Of Trustees

Trustees are responsible for Duke's educational mission, fiscal policies

New Duke trustees: Clockwise from top left, Uzoma Ayogu; Laura Wellman; Kathryn Hollister; Erika Moore; J.B. Pritzker; and L. Frederick Sutherland.
New Duke trustees: Clockwise from top left, Uzoma Ayogu; Laura Wellman; Kathryn Hollister; Erika Moore; J.B. Pritzker; and L. Frederick Sutherland.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Six new members joined Duke University’s Board of Trustees on July 1, the school announced Wednesday.

The new trustees are Deloitte partner Kathryn (Katy) Hollister, Pritzker Group founder J.B. Pritzker and former Aramark Corp. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer L. Frederick Sutherland. They will each serve six-year terms.

Additionally, three observing members also joined the board: Duke Alumni Association President-Elect Laura Meyer Wellman, recent Duke graduate Uzoma Ayogu and Erika Moore, a Ph.D. candidate at Duke.

As the university's governing body, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the school's educational mission and fiscal policies. There are 37 members on the board.

Hollister T'81, a partner at Deloitte with more than 30 years of experience, is now chief strategy officer for Deloitte’s Global Tax and Legal practice. At Deloitte, she previously served two terms on both the U.S. and global boards, and was vice chairman of the U.S. board for two years. 

Hollister has been an active volunteer and is a board member for several organizations, including MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, the University of Cincinnati Foundation and the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Pritzker T'87 is founder of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm. An advocate for a stronger national technology sector, he founded the 1871 incubator and was founding chairman of ChicagoNEXT, Chicago’s council on innovation and technology.

Pritzker’s extensive philanthropy includes expanding high-quality early learning for disadvantaged children. As founder of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, he created Pritzker Children’s Initiative, which funds innovative research, policy and programs for children from birth to age 3 in underserved communities. He also led the campaign to build the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

Sutherland T'73 is a former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Aramark Corp. He serves on the board of Consolidated Edison and is chair of its finance committee. Sutherland is also on the board of Colliers International, a global commercial real-estate services company, and Sterling Talent Solutions, which provides employee background checks.

He chairs the board of WHYY, the Philadelphia-based NPR affiliate, and is board president of Episcopal Community Services. In 2015, Sutherland and his wife, Barbara, launched the Access and Opportunity financial-aid challenge fund for Duke.

Since 2011, Wellman T'73 has been the Honorary Consul of the Republic of France for the Piedmont and Western regions of North Carolina. She retired at the end of 2016 as the first president and chief executive officer of E4E Relief, which provides employee disaster and hardship relief funds to corporations across the United States.

Wellman’s previous work includes executive roles with Bank of America and Citibank.

As the incoming president of the Duke Alumni Association, she will serve a four-year term on the board, two years as an observer and two years as a voting member.

Selected by his fellow undergraduates as a young trustee, Ayogu E'17 will serve one year as an observer and two years as a voting member. Born in Nigeria and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Ayogu graduated from Duke in May with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He is realizing his goal of leaving a lasting impact on his birth country through Releaf, his company that uses data to connect investors with middle-market enterprises in Nigeria. He has deferred a job offer with Microsoft so he can move to Nigeria and help expand the company’s work.

Selected by the Graduate and Professional Student Council as a young trustee, Moore G'15 will serve one year as an observer and one year as a voting member. A Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, she studies how to use cells of the immune system to help engineer tissues outside of the body.

Moore’s commitment to learning has garnered numerous awards, including the NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship and the James B. Duke Fellowship from Duke’s Graduate School. She also founded “Engineering a Community,” a mentoring program for minority students in the Pratt School of Engineering.