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Board of Visitors

The Graduate School Board of Visitors, established in 2010, serves an important advisory function for the dean of The Graduate School. Comprising alumni from a broad geographic area and representing the comprehensive nature of The Graduate School, the board helps to support and promote the mission of The Graduate School. The board considers and provides information and makes recommendations on matters relating to the graduate experience at Duke. It gives informal advice and assistance about programs and projects and enhances communication among the constituencies of The Graduate School.

Board of Visitors 2019–2020

Chair: Ronald Temple ’90, New York, New York
Managing Director, Co-Head of Multi-Asset, head of U.S. equity at Lazard Asset Management LLC

Zaid Abdul-Aleem ’94, A.M.’96, Chicago, Illinois
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Private Funds Advisory Group at Moelis and Company

Bob Beckler ’83, P’22, Richmond, Virginia
Executive Chairman of TemperPack

Delisa Clay, Durham, North Carolina
Ph.D. student in Cell Biology

Pavan Desikan Ph.D.'00, Palo Alto, California
Software Engineer at Google

Dennis Gilmore Ph.D. ’78, Durham, North Carolina
Senior Director of Technology Advancement & Commercial business unit at RTI International

Cynthia Hougum Ph.D.’93, Lakewood, Colorado
Senior VP, TerumoBCT

Min Hui Ph.D.’98, Atherton, California
Founder and CEO of Abacus Financial Services
CEO of HandScape

Michael Hunnicutt ’80, Ph.D.’84, P’15, Midlothian, Virginia
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University

Sally Shaffer Hunnicutt ’83, P’15, Midlothian, Virginia
Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University

Mudit K. Jain Ph.D. ’99, San Francisco, California
Founder and General Partner at Strategic Healthcare Investment Partners

Lori Lehman Ph.D.’83, San Francisco, California
Vice President, Research Strategy and Portfolio Management at Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Evelyn Murphy ’61, Ph.D.’65, Brookline, Massachusetts
Founder and President of The WAGE Project, Inc.

Adam Sharkawy Ph.D.’97, Concord, Massachusetts
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Material Impact

Lisa Yvette Waller Ph.D.'98, Brooklyn, New York
Head of School at the Berkeley Carroll School

Darryl L. Webster ’82, Bay Head, New Jersey
Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property Counsel at Intrexon Corporation

Stephen Williams Ph.D. ’80, Los Angeles, California
Partner with Catalyst Advisors, LP

George Wright Ph.D.’77, Cypress Gardens, Texas
Professor of History at Texas A&M University in College Station

David Ye A.M.’88, Ph.D.’91, New York, New York
CEO and Founder of TriLeaf Technologies, LLC

Fang Liang "Frank" Zhang Ph.D.'95 and Weihong Jin, Fanwood, New Jersey
Co-founder and CEO of GenScript

Rachel Alison Gevlin A.M. '18, Ph.D. '21, Monmouth, IL
Visiting Assistant Professor, English

Srinivasan Krishnan M.S. '91, Ph.D. '92, Palo Alto, CA
Co-founder and CEO of Getinsured.comS

Stephen Sapp A.B. '68, M. Div. '71, Ph.D. '75, Mary Sapp A.B. '71, Reston, VA

Joyce Alaine Scott Ph.D., '73, Greeley, CO

Past Co-Chairs:

  • Catherine McKnight ’98, A.M.’04, Ph.D.’07, Brooklyn, NY
  • Matt Rhodes-Kropf ’93, Ph.D.’99, Newton, MA
  • Susan Wood M.S. '88, Palo Alto, California