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William Brody to be next graduate Young Trustee

William Brody | Special to the Chronicle
William Brody | Special to the Chronicle

William Brody will serve as the next Graduate Young Trustee.

The Graduate and Professional Student Council’s General Assembly elected Brody to the position at its Tuesday night meeting. He will be an observer for the first year of his term on the Board of Trustees and then will serve as a voting member for his second and third years.

"I am incredibly grateful and humbled by the fact that the graduate and professional community believes in me to take on this role," Brody told The Chronicle after the meeting. "I'm really excited to get going."

Nathan Bullock—a doctoral student in the department of art, art history and visual studies—and Sam Howe—a student at the School of Law—were the other two finalists in the running to become Graduate Young Trustee.

Brody is an alumnus of two Duke schools, as he graduated from the Fuqua School of Business in 2018 with a master of business arts and received his undergraduate degree from Duke's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 with a major in economics and a concentration in markets and management studies. He currently serves as a managing director at BlueDot Properties in Durham.

"I've worked hard over the past several years to make a positive impact on Duke, and I look forward to continuing to do that and working with the graduate professional community to voice their concerns and working with the Board of Trustees to push the University in a positive direction," he said after the election.

In addition to serving as a senator in Duke Student Government as an undergraduate, Brody was co-president of the Fuqua MBA Association for a year, where he managed a budget of more than $550,000.

“I’m a big believer in Duke’s vision, and I see the University as a driving force for good—both in the people it serves and in the community it’s a part of,” Brody told The Chronicle last week. “That’s not something that just happened, it’s the result of folks working hard year after year.”  

The Gender Working Group he organized at Fuqua led to the creation of a women's leadership course and additional funding to recruit female applicants. Female enrollment increased by 9 percent the next year.

The undergraduate Young Trustee is chosen by the undergraduate student body in a popular election, which began Tuesday at noon and will end Wednesday at noon.

Check back for updates to this developing story. 


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