The inaugural meeting of the Graduate School Board of Visitors convened on March 5, 2010. Establishing a Board of Visitors has been one of Dean Jo Rae Wright’s priorities during her tenure and signals a milestone for the Graduate School. Her recent reappointment as dean for another five-year term will ensure that her commitment and attentiveness to the board will bolster its work. “The work of the Board of Visitors,” says Dean Wright “will be vital for the Graduate School’s continued success in meeting the needs of its students, and members of the board will serve as Graduate School ambassadors among their peers and other constituents.”
The board consists of 16 members, and is chaired by Bill Hunt, a Trinity College alumnus who now is extending his invaluable service to this new Graduate School undertaking. He says of this endeavor, “I look forward to chairing the Graduate School Board of Visitors. Our inaugural board consists of a distinguished group of current and past graduates, as well as leaders from the private sector, research organizations, and academia. Graduate programs are paramount to Duke’s success and our board will be an important source of support and feedback for Dean Wright as she continues to make each one of them preeminent in its respective field.” Graduate faculty, staff, and students participated in welcoming activities over the two-day period to help introduce board members to the graduate community.