Board of Trustees Elections

December 16, 2016

Four alumni have been nominated to Duke’s board of trustees by the executive committee of the board of directors of the Duke Alumni Association. William A. Hawkins III B.S.E. ’76 is eligible for re-election to a second six-year term. Kathryn (Katy) Hollister ’81, J.B. Pritzker ’87 and L. Frederick Sutherland ’73 will be new to the board and begin serving six-year terms as of July 1, 2017. Duke’s charter calls for the election of one-third of its trustees by graduates of the university. The DAA’s executive committee nominates and submits a list of names to the university secretary for submission to the trustees. Four names are then approved for final submission to the alumni body, with additional nominations permitted by petition. After notice appears in print, alumni may submit a petition within thirty days signed by one-half of 1 percent of the alumni body to nominate additional candidates.


William A. Hawkins III B.S.E. ’76

Hawkins is the former chair and CEO of Medtronic. Currently, he is a corporate director serving on several public and private boards. He is the lead director of Immucor Inc., a leading provider of transfusion and transplantation diagnostic products worldwide, and is chair of Bioventus, Keranetics, and 4Tech. He serves on the boards of Halyard Health (NYSE:HYH), Trice Medical, and Baebies. Hawkins is the former chair and cofounder of the Medical Device Innovation Consortium, and past president of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (“AMIBE”). Hawkins was inducted recently into the National Academy of Engineering. A member of the Pratt School of Engineering board of visitors from 2002 to 2011 and chair from 2009 to 2011, he was appointed an adjunct professor of engineering at the Pratt School in 2011. In 2012, he was appointed to the Duke University Health System board of directors and today he serves as vice chair. Elected to the Duke University board of trustees in 2011, he currently serves on the executive committee, chairs the business and finance committee, and serves on the audit, risk, and compliance committee. Hawkins received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and biomedical engineering from Duke and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Hawkins resides in Durham. His three children are Duke alumni: Elizabeth ’09, Julia ’12, and Will ’14.

Katy Hollister ’81

Hollister is a partner at Deloitte with more than thirty years of experience. She is currently the managing partner of strategy for Deloitte’s Global Tax and Legal Practice. At Deloitte, she previously served two terms on both the U.S. and Global boards, and was vice chair of the U.S. board for two years. For Deloitte U.S. Tax, over the years of her career she led in many ways— from business lines and regions, to market, talent, innovation, and strategy. She has been an active volunteer and board member for several organizations, currently including the AICPA’s Women’s Initiative Executive Committee, Mentor: the National Mentoring Partnership, Duke's Fuqua School of Business, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, and the Cincinnati Museum Center. She lives in Cincinnati and is married to Brad Miller ’81. Their son Ryan works in Duke Athletics as a major-gifts assistant for Iron Dukes, while their son Luke is a member of the Class of 2017, studying mechanical engineering. She majored in political science and French at Duke and earned a law degree at the University of Cincinnati.

J.B. Pritzker ’87

Pritzker is cofounder and managing partner of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm. Having served on numerous start-up and late-stage company boards, today he serves as chair of audio-visual mounting and display solutions manufacturer Milestone AV Technologies, sustainable consumer packaging producer LBP Manufacturing, pallet rental services provider PECO Pallet, and dining and sightseeing cruise company Entertainment Cruises. Pritzker is a recognized entrepreneurial leader advocating a stronger national technology sector. He founded 1871, one of the world’s leading incubators, and was founding chair of ChicagoNEXT, Chicago’s council on innovation and technology. Pritzker played key roles in the creation of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, the nation’s top regional private-equity association, and in the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, the leading regional advocate for entrepreneurs. Pritzker is also an active philanthropist and civic leader. He is one of the nation’s leading supporters of expanding high-quality early learning for disadvantaged children. As chair of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, he created Pritzker Children’s Initiative, which funds innovative research, policy, and programs for children from birth to age three in underserved communities. He also led the campaign to build the world-class Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. He studied political science at Duke and earned a law degree at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

L. Frederick Sutherland ’73

Sutherland served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of ARAMARK Corporation, a leading global provider of outsourcing services including food and facilities services, and uniform and career apparel services. With revenues of approximately $15 billion and 270,000 employees in twenty-one countries, ARAMARK has been consistently named one of “America’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine. He retired in December 2015. Sutherland serves on the board of Consolidated Edison and is chair of its finance committee. He is also on the board of Colliers International, a leading global commercial real-estate services company (Toronto Stock Exchange, NASDAQ), and Sterling Talent Solutions, a privately held leading provider of employee background checks. A resident of Haverford, Pennsylvania, Sutherland is chair of the board of WHYY, Philadelphia’s publicbroadcast affiliate; board president of Episcopal Community Services, a Philadelphia-based anti-poverty agency; and a trustee and past board president of People’s Light, a leading nonprofit theater in the Philadelphia area. At Duke, he has served on the Trinity board of visitors, the Financial Aid Initiative Committee, and the Campaign Steering Committee, and he chairs the Capital Campaign Leadership Development Committee. In 2015, he and his wife, Barbara ’75, launched The Access and Opportunity financial-aid challenge fund for Duke. Sutherland studied physics and mathematics at Duke and has an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. His sons are also alumni: Matthew ’03 and Mark ’06.

Are you interested in nominating someone? Please send names and biographical information by February 6 to Sterly Wilder ’83, associate vice president for alumni affairs, Duke Alumni Association, Box 90572, Durham, N.C. 27708. Wilder maintains a confidential roster of alumni recommended as trustees and encourages alumni to submit nominations to her at any time.