Board Appointees

October 1, 2008

Three new members joined Duke's board of trustees in July, one as a full member and two as young trustees.
Xi-Qing Gao J.D. '86, president and chief executive officer of China Investment Corporation, which manages a part of China's foreign-exchange reserves, will fill a vacated term through June 2013. After graduating from Duke, Gao practiced law with a Wall Street firm from 1986 to 1988. He has since served on arbitration panels for hundreds of international trade or investment disputes between Chinese and foreign companies, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges in 1990. He has written extensively on Chinese securities law, banking, and legal philosophy and has taught in adjunct faculty positions at Duke and several Chinese law and management schools.

Ryan Todd '08 was elected to a three-year term as a young trustee by members of Duke Student Government (DSG) and the Intercommunity Council. At Duke, the Jupiter, Florida, native majored in political science and philosophy, and minored in mathematics. He was a member of the Black Student Alliance, a DSG senator, and vice president of the student-run theater group Hoof 'n' Horn. He also served as president of Campus Council and was founder and chair of the Alumni Student Advisory Board.

Xing Zong, a rising sixth-year Ph.D. candidate from Yangzhou, China, will serve a two-year young-trustee term; he was elected to the position by members of the Graduate and Professional Student Council. Zong has served as president of the Duke Chinese Students and Scholars Association, as a student representative to the Duke board of trustees' institutional advancement committee, and as student liaison for President Richard H. Brodhead's first official visit to Asia in the summer of 2006. He also co-founded DukeChina.org, a bilingual website that features stories about Duke and interviews with school officials.