Duke University recently appointed eight new members to its Board of Trustees that started effective July 1st. Most notably among these new additions are Apple CEO Tim Cook, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Borders. The rest of the new members include PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben, Jack Boyd, Anna Knight, and Ben Shellhorn.

Duke University has a diverse and talented alumni network, including Richard Nixon, Ron Paul, David Topper, and many others. Ideally, the new Board of Trustee members will help keep Duke well funded and prepared to educate the next generation of innovative, successful individuals.

The Duke Board of Directors now has 37 members and is responsible for the school’s educational mission and fiscal policies.

Let’s learn more about these new members:

  • Patricia Morton: Morton is a philanthropist and was elected chair of the National Humanities Center last year. The National Humanities Center is a nonprofit for scholars from the U.S. and abroad. She has also previously worked at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown for 30 years.
  • Jeff Ubben: Ubben, before his current post at ValueAct Capital, was a managing partner at Blum Capital Partners, a chairman and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and many other prestigious positions. Ubben studied at Duke for his undergraduate studies.
  • Jack Boyd: Boyd graduated from Duke as well, in 1985. Since then, Boyd has volunteered for Duke in a wide variety of capacities, organizing reunions, as well as helping out at the Alums Negage NYC and the DukeNY Board.
  • Anna Knight: Knight has a long history with Duke, as a fourth-generation Duke student who recently received her BS in Engineering in May.
  • Ben Shellhorn: Shellhorn will serve one year on the Duke board as a non-voting member, followed by one year as a voting member. Shellhorn hails from Colorado College.

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