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Duke University Names Seven New Trustees

New Duke trustees for 2021:
New Duke trustees for 2021: Top, Vikas J. Patel and Eddy H. Cue. Middle: Doha Ali, Nancy-Ann DeParle and Grant Hill. Bottom: Michael J. Bingle and Gerardo A. Párraga.

Seven new members joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1, university officials announced Thursday.

The new trustees are Michael J. Bingle, vice chairman of Silver Lake Group; Eddy H. Cue, senior vice president of internet software and services at Apple; Nancy-Ann DeParle, managing partner and co-founder of Consonance Capital Partners; and Grant H. Hill, basketball hall of famer and founder of Hill Ventures. They will each serve six-year terms.

Additionally, three observers were appointed to the board: Vikas J. Patel, owner of and principal physician at North Carolina Dermatology Associates; Doha Ali, a 2021 Duke graduate who studied economics and sociology; and Gerardo A. Párraga, a 2021 law school graduate.

As the university's governing body, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the school's educational mission and fiscal policies.

Bingle E'94 joined the Silver Lake Group, a leading technology investment firm, in 1999 and has led a number of the firm’s investments in financial technology, payments, information services, software and e-commerce. Previously, Bingle was one of the firm’s managing partners.

While a student majoring in biomedical engineering at Duke, Bingle received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to do research in ultrasound technology. He has been a member of Duke’s Young Alumni Council and the Annual Fund Advisory Board, and in 2004 he received the Charles A. Dukes Award. Bingle is currently the vice chairman of the Pratt School of Engineering’s Board of Visitors.

Cue T’86 is a member of Apple’s senior leadership team, overseeing the company’s services including Apple Music, Apple Pay, Maps, Search Ads, Apple’s innovative iCloud services, and Apple’s productivity and creativity apps. He also leads the newly created team responsible for developing all aspects of Apple’s worldwide video programming. He joined the company in 1989.

Cue helped create the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008. He also played a key role in developing Apple’s award-winning iLife suite of applications. He has returned to Duke many times to assist students in technology fields, and in 2017 he spoke to the Duke Technology Scholars, an effort to inspire more Duke women undergraduates to choose careers in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. 

DeParle is a co-founder and managing partner of Consonance Capital Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on investing in the U.S. health care industry. She is a director of CVS Health and HCA Healthcare. From 2011-January 2013, she was assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy to President Barack Obama. A health policy expert, from 2009-2011, as Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, DeParle led the Obama Administration’s successful effort to enact the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and then managed the initial implementation of the law.

From 2006-2009, DeParle was a managing director of CCMP Capital Advisors, and a senior advisor to its predecessor, JPMorgan Partners, LLC. She was also a senior fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a trustee or director of several corporate and non-profit boards. From 1997-2000, DeParle was administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She has degrees from the University of Tennessee, where she was student body president, Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Law School. In 1994, Time selected DeParle as one of “America’s 50 Most Promising Leaders Age 40 and Under.”

Hill T’94 is one of the most accomplished collegiate and professional basketball players of his generation. Inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2018, Hill was a seven-time NBA All-Star and won the NCAA men’s basketball championship in 1991 and 1992 with Duke. He was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 for his contributions to the basketball program.

After 19 years as a professional athlete, Hill is now a successful businessman, public speaker, television commentator and member of several boards. In 1994, he established Hill Ventures, a private company investing in commercial real estate ventures in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Hill is one of five independent directors on the NCAA’s Board of Governors and will become the managing director of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team after the Tokyo Olympics. The NBA Retired Players Association named Hill a board member and an officer. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Campbell Soup Company, Empire State Realty Trust, and Lake Highland Preparatory School.

His mother, Janet Hill, served on the Duke Board of Trustees from 2006-2021.

Patel T’96, M’00, HS’04, president-elect of the Duke Alumni Association, will serve a four-year term on the Board of Trustees, as an observer during his first two years, then as a trustee with voting privileges during his remaining two years.

Patel is the owner of and principal physician at North Carolina Dermatology Associates, based in Raleigh. He founded the practice in 2009 and it provides comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services. A committed volunteer for Duke, Patel has mentored many current and previous students via the Duke Alumni Network, Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, and the Re-Imagine Medicine Fellowship (ReMed) through the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He joined the Duke Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2016 and later served as a member of the Executive Committee and co-chaired the Awards & Recognition Committee and the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. In addition to his service at Duke, he has served on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Board of Trustees for the Triangle Chapter since 2016.

Nominated by the Undergraduate Young Trustee Nominating Committee, Ali T’21 majored in economics and sociology, and spent much of her time at Duke conducting service through campus and off-campus organizations. She served as a member of the Center for Race Relations, a disciplinary adviser for the Office of Student Conduct, and a resident assistant on West Campus.

In Durham, she volunteered at Student U and with the Durham Community Land Trustees. In her hometown of Denver, Ali served as a mentor with the College Access Project, a near-peer mentorship program focused on helping first-generation, low-income students from her neighborhood apply to and succeed in college. This fall, Ali will join Dalberg Advisors in Washington D.C. as an analyst.

Ali will serve a three-year term, as an observer her first year, then as a trustee with voting privileges for the remainder of her term.

Párraga T'18, L'21, was nominated by the Graduate/Professional Young Trustee Nominating Committee. At a young age, he immigrated to South Florida from El Salvador. He came to Duke as an undergraduate to study political science and economics. At Duke, Párraga advocated for marginalized communities as an executive member of the Latin American Law Student Association and as an original member of the Low-Income/First-Generation Engagement Committee, and by directly representing victims of domestic violence and eviction diversion in Durham via the Civil Justice Clinic. He aspires to become a professor to expand his research on the intersection of technology and law.

Párraga is a first-year associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City.

Párraga will serve a two-year term, as an observer his first year, then as a trustee with voting privileges in his second.