Duke Names Seven New Trustees

New Duke trustees, top row: Sharon Marcil, Sydney Hunt, Tom Lister. Bottom row: Warren Lattimore, David Taylor, Greg Palmer and Andy Dillon.

The Board of Trustees is the university’s governing body and is responsible for its educational mission and fiscal policies.

Lister T’86 was the co-managing partner of the international private equity firm Permira, based in London, New York and Menlo Park, from 2008 to 2021 and retired as a partner in 2022. Permira has approximately 70 billion Euros in capital. Lister is currently a senior adviser to Canada Pension Plan, the largest Canadian pension plan representing more than 25 million beneficiaries. Since 2017, he has served as the co-chair of the Hospital for Special Surgery, which has locations across New York and Connecticut as well as in southern Florida.

Lister graduated from Duke with a double major in chemistry and political science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MBA in 1991 from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar and a John Loeb fellow in Finance. He has served on the Board of Visitors for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences since 2015. He also joined the Duke University Health System (DUHS) Board of Directors on July 1.  

Marcil T’88 leads Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the United States, Canada and Mexico. She previously served as BCG’s chief marketing officer, the chair of BCG’s global client team, the global head of consumer, and regional head of public sector. Since joining BCG in 1993, Marcil has worked with some of the world's largest private and public sector organizations. She was named by Consulting Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Consultants” and one of five “Women Leaders in Consulting.” Prior to joining BCG, Marcil worked for Goldman Sachs in mergers and acquisitions.

Marcil earned her A.B. degree from Duke in economics, magna cum laude, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Prior to her election as a trustee, Marcil served on the Duke WIN Leadership Council from 2015 to 2020, was Reunion Class Chair in 2013 and 2018, and served on the Advisory Board for Duke’s Annual Fund from 2011 to 2017. Marcil has served on the Board of Visitors for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences since 2017.

Palmer D’79 has served as the episcopal leader of the Ohio West Area of The United Methodist Church since 2012. Elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in 2000, Palmer previously served the Iowa Area and the Illinois Area. Palmer served as president of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and as president of the Council of Bishops. He served on the Commission on a Way Forward and is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters and chair of the Comprehensive Africa Plan. He also is a board member of several organizations, including OhioHealth, a family of nonprofit hospitals and healthcare facilities. He is an ex officio board member of Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio Northern University, and was elected to the Board of Trustees of Emory University in 2021.

Bishop Palmer received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. He served on the Board of Visitors of Duke Divinity School from 2011 to 2017 and holds several honorary degrees.

Taylor E’80 is a senior operating adviser at private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC.  He previously served as P&G’s chairman, president and CEO from 2015 to 2021 and as the executive chairman of the board from 2021 to 2022. Prior to becoming CEO, Taylor was group president of P&G’s global beauty, grooming and healthcare sectors with a portfolio of leading brands such as Crest, Oral-B, Head & Shoulders, Olay, Pantene, SK-II, Gillette, Fusion, Mach 3 and Vicks. Taylor spent the first decade of his career in P&G’s product supply organization, where he managed production and operations at numerous plants. He has led global businesses, living and working in North America, Europe and Asia.

Taylor serves as chairman of the board of Delta Air Lines, chairman of the board of Radio Systems Corporation, and board member of Nexii. He previously served as the chairman of The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a CEO-led initiative to advance solutions to eliminate unmanaged plastic waste in the environment. He also served on the boards of the U.S.-China Business Council and Catalyst. He was board chair for Feeding America and continues to serve as a member of the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank.

Taylor graduated from Duke with a BSE degree in electrical engineering and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has been a member of the Board of Visitors of the Fuqua School of Business since 2013 and the DKU Advisory Board since 2017.

Dillon T’96 is a shareholder at Nathan Sommers Jacobs, where he advises clients on real estate, finance, and corporate matters. As a member of the firm’s management committee, Dillon draws upon his experience in the government, corporate, and legal sectors. Dillon began his legal career as a corporate securities attorney on Wall Street before joining Nathan Sommers Jacobs. He is a charter member of the Food Allergy Advisory Board of Texas Children’s Hospital, and he and his wife co-founded “Cooking Up A Cure,” an annual event that helps fund the research and initiatives of the hospital’s Food Allergy Program.

A summa cum laude graduate of Duke, Dillon earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania

Law School where he was a regional semi-finalist in the National Moot Court Competition. Dillon has served as the nominating committee chair of Duke Houston and chair of the Duke Houston Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee. He was elected to the Duke Alumni Board of Directors in 2018 and has served on the Executive Committee since 2020. He served as vice president before being elected president.

As president-elect of Duke Alumni, Dillon 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.

Nominated by the Undergraduate Young Trustee Nominating Committee, Hunt E’23 was a Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar. She graduated with distinction from Duke with a double major in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, with a concentration in artificial intelligence and machine learning and a minor in gender, sexuality & feminist studies.

At Duke, Hunt was a S.P.I.R.E. Fellows' Living Learning Community core founding member and former vice president of Durham and regional affairs. She conducted research on the gender gap in STEM as part of a Bass Connections team. She co-founded the Duke Technology Scholars’ Academic Support Team, co-established the nonprofit organization CS Sidekicks, and founded the annual “Don’t Waste Food Points” food drive in 2021, which has since donated over 5,800 meals to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

This fall, Hunt will begin her Ph.D. studies in electrical engineering at Stanford University as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.

Hunt will serve a three-year term. She will be an observer during her first year on the board and will have voting privileges in her second and third years.

Lattimore D’27 was nominated by the Graduate/Professional Young Trustee Nominating Committee. He is a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) student at Duke Divinity School who is also pursuing a certificate in African & African American Studies in The Graduate School. In addition, he serves as a course director in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program of the School of Medicine. Prior to moving to Durham, Lattimore served as the chairman of Camp Restore in New Orleans as well as the president of the Black Clergy Caucus of the Lutheran Church. Lattimore currently serves on Duke’s Racial Equity Advisory Council (REAC).

Lattimore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

Lattimore will serve a two-year term. He will be an observer during his first year on the board and will have voting privileges in his second year.