Seven on Board

October 1, 2007

In July, Duke's board of trustees welcomed seven new members. They include Benjamin S. Abram B.S.C.E. '07 of Chapel Hill; Jack O. Bovender Jr. '67, M.H.A. '69 of Nashville; Ben Kennedy '00, M.B.A. '07 of Atlanta; Elizabeth Kiss of Decatur, Georgia; Marguerite Kondracke '68 of Washington; Michael Marsicano '78, Ph.D. '82 of Charlotte; and Ann Pelham '74 of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Abram, named "young trustee" this past spring, graduated in May. While at Duke, he traveled to Uganda with Duke Engineers Without Borders, served as a residential adviser and teaching assistant, and was senior class president for the Pratt School of Engineering. He is enrolled in graduate school at North Carolina State University in civil/ transportation engineering.

A thirty-eight year veteran of the health-care industry, Bovender serves as chair and chief executive officer of the Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America, the nation's leading provider of health-care services, with 180 hospitals and more than 100 ambulatory surgery centers in three countries. Institutional Investor magazine has called him the "best CEO in America" for the health-care profession. Bovender is a member of the board of visitors of the Fuqua School of Business, has served on the executive committee of the Annual Fund, and has been a board and committee member for Duke Divinity School.

Kennedy is a consultant with Bain & Company and works in the management consulting firm's Atlanta office. While at Fuqua, he served as president of the MBA Association and wrote the organization's first constitution. He also served as a Leadership Fellow who advised teams of first-year M.B.A. students, and as an Academic Fellow for Fuqua's core strategy class. Between college and graduate school, Kennedy worked for the Corporate Executive Board, a Washington-based firm that provides business research and executive education.

Kiss became the eighth president of Agnes Scott College, a liberal-arts college for women outside Atlanta, in 2006. Before that, she was founding director of Duke's Kenan Institute for Ethics and an associate professor of the practice of political science and philosophy. While at Duke, Kiss played a leading role in integrating ethics into the undergraduate curriculum. She led efforts that resulted in a new honor code and the implementation of a research ethics requirement for all Ph.D. students.

Kondracke is the president and chief executive officer of America's Promise Alliance, a collaborative effort by groups dedicated to the well-being of children and youth. Before that, she served as special assistant to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. Kondracke co-founded Corporate Family Solutions to provide better child care for parents through employer sponsorship. The company, now called Bright Horizons Family Solutions, is the nation's largest provider of workplace care. She currently serves on several boards, including the board of visitors of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Marsicano is president and chief executive officer of Foundation For The Carolinas, a nonprofit that provides financial support and leadership in addressing community needs in thirteen counties in North and South Carolina. The foundation distributes $70 million in grants to various charities each year. Under Marsicano's leadership, the foundation has raised more than $500 million in philanthropic capital. He is a past chairman of the board of trustees of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and currently serves on the advisory board of the Nasher Museum of Art.

Pelham is the publisher of Legal Times, an award-winning print and online newspaper focused on law and lobbying in Washington. She joined the publication as a reporter in 1988. She also has reported for Congressional Quarterly and Raleigh's News & Observer. Pelham got her start in journalism while at Duke, where she was editor of The Chronicle. Pelham is president-elect of the Duke Alumni Association (DAA), chairs the DAA board's international committee, and has served on the board's executive committee since 2004. She is also vice president of the Duke Club of Washington and a former member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Duke Magazine.