The University announced nine additions to the Board of Trustees earlier this month.

The six new members and three observers officially joined the Board July 1, with the start of the fiscal year 2011-2012.

According to a Duke News release July 6, five of the six new members will serve six-year terms. These members are Allyson Duncan, a judge on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals; Gerald Hassell, president of BNY Mellon; Bill Hawkins, former chairman and CEO of Medtronic, Inc.; Betsy Holden, senior adviser to McKinsey & Co.; and Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley, executive director of the Transition Into Ministry program.

The Board’s sixth new member is Robert Penn, the president of three independent oil and gas production companies. Penn will serve a two-year term on the Board, completing the term of former Trustee Kimberly Jenkins, who left the Board in late 2010. Jenkins now serves as senior adviser to the president and provost for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Jeff Howard, president-elect of the Duke Alumni Association and Trinity ’76, will serve as one of three observers. Howard, currently the executive vice president of Salem Investment Counselors, Inc., will serve as an observer for two years, then as voting member for two years. He is also the founder and president of The First Tee of the Triad and has served on the Duke Parent Advisory Committee.

Graduate Young Trustee Ali Saaem, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at the Pratt School of Engineering will serve one year as an observer and one year as a voting member.

Undergraduate Young Trustee Michelle Sohn, Trinity ’11, will serve one year as an observer and two as a voting member.

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Duncan, Law ’75, is a vice president of the Federal Judges Association and was elected president of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2002.

Before it merged with Mellon Financial Corp., Hassel, Trinity ’73, was the president of the Bank of New York as well as chair of the Fuqua School of Business board of visitors.

A Durham native, Hawkins, Pratt ’76, previously served for four years as president and chief executive officer at Novoste Corp. as well as chair of the Pratt School of Engineering board of visitors.

A former chair of the Trinity College Board of Visitors, Holden, Trinity ’77, also served as co-chief executive officer of Kraft Foods and chief executive officer of Kraft Foods North America.

As an adjunct faculty member of Duke Divinity School, Stanley, Trinity ’77 and Divinity ’80, has a long history with Duke—serving on the Divinity board of visitors acting as a president of the national alumni association as well as a chaplain at Duke Medical Center. Penn, Trinity ’74, is the president of Penn Resources, Inc.; Penn Brothers, Inc.; and Rock Island Resource Co. Additionally, he has served on the Trinity College Board of Visitors.