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 2022–2023

Chair: Ronald Temple ’90, New York, New York
Managing Director and Co-Head of Multi-Asset at Lazard Asset Management LLC

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

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

Joseph Davis A.M.’95, Ph.D.’02, Malvern, Pennsylvania
Global Chief Economist at Vanguard Group

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

Rachel Gevlin A.M. '18, Ph.D. '20, Monmouth, IL
Assistant Professor of English at Birmingham-Southern College

Dennis Gilmore Ph.D. ’78, P'14, Durham, North Carolina
Founder and President at Crosslynk Research & Consulting, LLC

Vernon Jiang Ph.D.’94, Hillsborough, California
Senior Vice President at K-Gen, Inc.

Weihong Jin P’17, P’23, P’26, Fanwood, New Jersey
Scientific Researcher at Merck Corporation

Srinivasan Krishnan M.S.’91, Ph.D.’92, Palo Alto, California
Co-founder and CEO at

June Mader Ph.D.’86, Durham, North Carolina
Principal Consultant at GoForward, LLC

Michele Rasmussen Ph.D.’99, Chicago, Illinois
Dean of Students in the University at University of Chicago

Mary Sapp ’71, P’01, P’02, Reston, Virginia

Stephen Sapp ’68, M.Div’71, Ph.D.’75, P’01, P’02, Reston, Virginia

Joyce Scott Ph.D.’73, Greeley, Colorado

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

Joshua Strayhorn A.M.’21, Ph.D.’25, Alexandria, Virginia
Ph.D. Candidate in History at Duke University

Lisa Waller A.M.’91, Ph.D.’97, Brooklyn, New York
Head of School at the Berkeley Carroll School

Stephen Williams Ph.D. 80, Encino, California
Partner with Catalyst Advisors, LP

George Wright Ph.D.’77, Lexington, Kentucky
Senior Advisor to the President and Interim Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at University of Kentucky

David Ye A.M.’88, Ph.D.’91, Durham, North Carolina
Executive-in-Residence of Mathematics at Duke University

Frank Zhang Ph.D.’95, P’17, P’23, P’26, Fanwood, New Jersey
Founder, Chairman, and CEO at Legend Biotech Corporation

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