Drew Greene and Rickard Stureborg selected as Young Trustee nominees

<p>Drew Greene, left, and Rickard Stureborg, right, are this year's Young Trustee nominees.</p>

Drew Greene, left, and Rickard Stureborg, right, are this year's Young Trustee nominees.

Senior Drew Greene and Rickard Stureborg, a final-year doctoral candidate studying computer science, were chosen by the Young Trustee Nominating Committee and President Vincent Price as Duke’s next Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Young Trustees, respectively, wrote Margaret Epps, secretary to the Board of Trustees and Price's chief of staff, in a Tuesday email to The Chronicle.

The nominations will be brought to the Board of Trustees May 11 for election, Epps wrote. The two Young Trustees will not officially take their positions July 1 until they are confirmed by the Board. 

Greene is a Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar and public policy major with a double minor in education and inequality studies. His passion for uplifting higher education is reflected in his work in the Durham University-Assisted Community Schools Research Collective Bass Connections team, Duke’s Office of Government and State Relations and Coach2Inspire, through which he said he is able to access different pockets of the community to inform his understanding of Duke and higher education overall.

If elected Young Trustee, Greene said he hopes to bring together his experience in higher education to “help guide the University forward.”

Throughout his time at Duke, Stureborg has mentored undergraduates and has served as a teaching assistant across various courses. In these experiences, he has worked to bridge the gap between undergraduates and graduate students. He also sits on the Advisory Committee for Investment Responsibility to President Vincent Price and the Strategic Engagement Committee for the Board of Trustees.

As a Young Trustee, Stureborg hopes to “garner trust through collaboration" and help remedy the ongoing erosion of trust in U.S. institutions.

Young Trustees spend two- or three-year terms on the Board of Trustees. They spend a year as nonvoting observers and then are voting members for the rest of their terms.

Greene acknowledged the responsibility he will assume as a Young Trustee, and said he hopes to collaborate with fellow Trustees and the University community to uplift Duke.

"Together, we can craft a vision for Duke that navigates the challenges of today while also setting new benchmarks for what a leading educational institution can achieve in the 21st century," he wrote in an email to The Chronicle.

Stureborg wrote in an email to The Chronicle that he is honored to be nominated and is looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees.

"I believe Duke is and should be a force for good in the world, and I am excited to play a part in ensuring that tradition is continued," he wrote.

Sophomore Hanna Elks Smith, co-chair of the nominating committee, wrote in an email to The Chronicle that "as Duke celebrates 100 years, Duke’s governing bodies are alive and well and carrying out their mission. Their passion, dedication and expertise will not only shape our future initiatives but will inspire us all to reach greater heights as a community."

Editor's Note: This story was updated Tuesday evening to include comment from Greene, Stureborg and Smith.

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