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Undergraduate Young Trustee finalists announced

The campaign for the position of undergraduate Young Trustee is ready to begin. 

Seniors Leah Abrams, Ibrahim Butt, Maryam Asenuga and Tim Skapek were chosen as finalists for the position, senior Gino Nuzzolillo, chair of the Young Trustee Nominating Committee, told The Chronicle Sunday evening. Undergraduates will vote for the winner in an election held from Feb. 11 at noon until noon Feb. 12, according to an email to undergraduate students from Richard Riddell, senior vice president and secretary to the Board of Trustees. 

The Young Trustee Nominating Committee interviewed a group of semifinalists, chosen from a pool of undergraduate applicants, before selecting the final four to move on to the election. In a change from past years, the committee—comprised of undergraduates convened by Duke Student Government and the University Secretary—decided not to release the names of this year’s semifinalists, citing concern for their privacy.

Young Trustees serve on Duke’s Board of Trustees for two or three years—one as an observer and one or two as a full voting member. Last year’s winner was Trey Walk, Trinity ‘19, who was a leader in the activist group People’s State of the University during his time on campus.

Finalists for the graduate Young Trustee position will be determined by the end of January, and the election will take place by vote in the Graduate and Professional Student Council General Assembly meeting Feb. 11.

Editor’s Note: Leah Abrams is the Opinion Editor of The Chronicle.