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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 2021–2022

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

Patricia Sánchez Abril Ph.D.'96, Coral Gables, FL
Vice-Dean of the Graduate Business Programs at the University of Miami

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

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

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

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

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

Chun Vernon Jiang Ph.D.'94, Hillsborough, CA
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President at Corthera Bioscience

Weihong Jin P'17, P'23, Fanwood, NJ
Scientific Researcher at Merck Corporation

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

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

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

Michele Rasmussen Ph.D.'99, Chicago, IL
Dean of Students in the University at the University of Chicago

Mary Sapp A.B. '71, Reston, VA

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

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
Matching Employer at Pfizer Inc. 

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

George Wright Ph.D.’77, Cypress Gardens, Texas
Presidential Senior Advisor and Interim Vice President for Institutional Diversity, University of Kentucky

David Ye A.M.’88, Ph.D.’91, New York, New York
Chief Risk Officer at Options Clearing Corporation

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

Past Chairs:

  • Susan Wood M.S. '88, Palo Alto, California
  • Catherine McKnight ’98, A.M.’04, Ph.D.’07, Brooklyn, NY
  • Matt Rhodes-Kropf ’93, Ph.D.’99, Newton, MA
  • Peter Allan Muoio Active PA G'88, Roslyn Harbor NY
  • William Edwards Hunt Active PA T'84,  Pittsburgh PA