On May 13, 2016 the Duke Board of Trustees approved a committee to assist in identifying the next president. The committee will be chaired by Jack O. Bovender, Jr., vice chair of the Duke Board of Trustees.



Jack O. Bovender, Jr.

Jack O. Bovender, Jr. is retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. HCA has 163 hospitals and 105 Ambulatory Surgery Centers in the United States and England.

Bovender is a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry and worked at HCA for 31 years. He began his hospital administrative career in 1969 as a lieutenant in the United States Navy stationed at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. He later served as Chief Executive Officer of Medical Center Hospital in Largo, Fla., and West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, both owned by HCA. [read more]


Ellen F. Davis
Vice Chair

Ellen Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School. A native Californian, she holds degrees from the University of California in Berkeley (A.B., Comparative Literature), the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (M.Div.), Oxford University (Certificate in Theology), and Yale University (Ph.D., Old Testament), as well as four honorary degrees. [read more]


Valerie Sheares Ashby

Valerie Sheares Ashby became the Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University on July 1, 2015. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral research at the Universitat Mainz, Germany in 1994 as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and NATO Postdoctoral Fellow. [read more]


Tara Bansal

Tara Bansal is a New York native and Angier B. Duke Scholar in the Class of 2017 deeply engaged in human development and education research. A Public Policy, Global Health, and Economics student, her Bass Connections work has centered around understanding the causes of varying levels of social density across slums in Bangalore, India. [read more]


Marcus Benning

Marcus Benning is currently a 3L at Duke Law School studying corporate finance and tax law. For the 2016-2017 school year, Benning will serve as president of the Graduate and Professional Students Council. In May 2014, Marcus Benning graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Linguistics. [read more]


Jack Boyd

Jack Boyd is the Executive Vice President of Marketing & Product Development at Elastic Fabrics of America (EFA), a textile company based in Greensboro, NC.  Prior to working for EFA, he worked for Milliken & Company in sales and management roles.  He lives in New York City. [read more]


Guy-Uriel Charles

Guy-Uriel Charles is the Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, and founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics. He is an expert in and frequent public commentator on constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race. He joined Duke Law’s faculty in 2009. He previously was the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School where he served as interim co-Dean (with Fred Morrison) from 2006-08. [read more]


Peter D. Feaver

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. Some of his recent university service includes: Member, Task Force on Bias and Hate Issues (2016); Member, Faculty Diversity Task Force (2014-2015); and Chair, University Priorities Committee (2013-2015). [read more]


William A. Hawkins III

Bill Hawkins is a Senior Advisor for TPG Capital and Corporate Director of Immucor, Inc., a private company, wholly owned by TPG. Immucor is a leading provider of transfusion and transplantation diagnostic products worldwide.Prior to joining Immucor in 2011, Mr. Hawkins served as Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, one of the worlds’ largest and most innovative medical technology companies. [read more]


Janet Hill

Janet Hill is a principal with Hill Family Advisors in Fairfax, Virginia. She previously was owner and vice president of Alexander & Associates, Inc., a corporate consulting firm in Washington, D.C., providing corporate planning, advice, and analyses to directors, executives, and managers in the areas of human resource planning, corporate responsibility, corporate communications, and government consultation. Formerly, she was special assistant to the Secretary of the Army and a research mathematician for a consulting firm serving the United States Navy. She has also taught mathematics at the high school and collegiate levels. [read more]


Betsy Holden

Betsy Holden is a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company, where she works with clients across industries on strategy, marketing, innovation and board effectiveness initiatives. She has 35 years of marketing and general management experience and was formerly Co-CEO of Kraft Foods and CEO of Kraft Foods North America. In addition to her CEO role at Kraft, Betsy held the positions of President, Global Marketing and Category Development; Executive Vice President of Operations, R&D, IT; plus multiple division president and line management roles. [read more]


Nan Jokerst

Dr. Nan Marie Jokerst is the J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, and the Executive Director of the Duke Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility, a Duke shared cleanroom and characterization facility. [read more]


Mary E. Klotman

Mary E. Klotman, MD, is R. J. Reynolds Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. She earned her undergraduate (zoology) and medical degrees from Duke, and then completed her internal medicine residency and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Duke. [read more]


Michael Marsicano

Michael Marsicano is President and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas, a community foundation serving the metropolitan Charlotte region. Managing assets owned and represented of $1.7 billion, the Foundation holds over 2400 charitable funds. In the 16 years Dr. Marsicano has been at the helm of FFTC, contributions to the Foundation have totaled more than $2.5 billion and grant awards distributed more than $1.6 billion. Grants from the Foundation cover a wide range of subject areas. [read more]


Carmichael Roberts

Carmichael Roberts is a General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners where he finances and builds companies that make new products using chemistry, materials science and/or materials engineering. Dr. Roberts led the North Bridge founding investment in 1366 technologies, Foro Energy and MC10. He serves as the Lead Director in each of these companies. [read more]


David M. Rubenstein
Ex Officio

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms.  Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987.  Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing over $175 billion from 36 offices around the world.  [read more]


Laurene Sperling

Laurene Sperling is president of the Sperling Family Charitable Foundation where she directs its strategic philanthropy in several program areas including education, child and youth development, very early childhood, health care, and poverty alleviation. Her prior professional experience centered on investment banking and venture capital at Paine Webber Inc. and Cowen and Co.; and accounting for Ernst and Young. She has more than thirty years of experience with capital aggregation for corporate and non-profit organizations seeking positive growth and impact. [read more]


Donald H. Taylor, Jr.

Donald H. Taylor, Jr. Ph.D., is a Professor in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, who is a health policy scholar who focuses on end-of-life policy generally, with a particular interest in Medicare hospice benefit reform, Long Term Care, and integration of palliative care into the health care system. [read more]


Richard Riddell
Executive Vice Chair (non-voting)

Richard Riddell is vice president and university secretary, serving as liaison between the university and the Board of Trustees as well as special assistant to the president. Among his responsibilities are coordinating projects involving the president and senior officers and advising the president on a broad range of issues. In addition, he oversees the Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies. [read more]