Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides advice, assistance, and leadership to the Kenan Institute for Ethics in all matters relating to its programs, projects, and priorities. The Board consists of between fifteen and twenty-four distinguished individuals, including business leaders, academics, journalists, and philanthropists. The Advisory Board is chaired by the President of Duke University and meets on campus in April and November each year.

Wilt Alston E’81, P’13, a transportation safety consultant with over 30 years of experience in design, development, verification and validation of industrial software-based systems

Christine Bader, director of social responsibility at Amazon; former advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for business and human rights

Stephen Bear (Board Vice Chair) T’73, is an executive coach and business adviser, faculty member at the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and former senior vice-president of human resources at Bristol-Myers Squibb

Charles Bell T’82, P’18, group vice president for The Louis Berger Group’s economic development practice with experience with USAID, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank

Susan Nance Callaway T’84, G’93, P’15, previously worked at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, interests include public policy, student life, philosophy, sociology, and ethics

Kenneth Close T’81 is CEO and Founding Partner of The Quincy Group and a specialist in U.S.-Saudi business and foreign relations

William Cohan T’81, author of House of Cards and The Last Tycoon; former managing director of JP Morgan Chase, former director at Merrill Lynch

Eva Herbst Davis T’87 is the Chair of West Coast Private Equity at Winston & Strawn. For more than 20 years, Ms. Davis has advised her clients on U.S. and cross-border complex business transactions with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Pamela Hendrickson T’82, P’15, P’19, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman, Strategic initiatives at Riverside Company, a global private equity firm

Alice B. Hicks WC’69, P’07, executive vice president at Iridian Asset Management, LLC

Daniel Katz T’80, P’14, sports blogger with Huffington Post, former partner and portfolio manager at Apex Capital,LLC

Richard Morrill G’68, former president of the Teagle Foundation, former chair of the Board of Directors of ChildFund International, former Chancellor and Distinguished University Professor of Ethics and Democratic Values at the University of Richmond

Katherine Nichols P’98, P’01, P’08, P’12, has served as an educational advisor and has worked extensively with Tibetan refugees

Steven Nichols P’98, P’01, P’08, P’12, recently retired from a long career in banking, where he was an EVP and head of Wells Fargo’s Global Trade Services, overseeing the trade processing operation

Vincent Price (Board Chair, ex officio), President of Duke University

Poorav Rohatgi T’10, associate in the Business Litigation Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP

Suzanne Shanahan (ex officio), Nannerl O. Keohane director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor of Sociology

Jonathan Silver, T’75, P’04, P’06, clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine

Jimmy Soni T’07, author of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, former managing editor of the Huffington Post

Mark Thierfelder T’86 is a partner with Dechert LLP, an international law firm with top-ranked practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management.

Alisa Worth T’01, Nevada Senate Democrats executive director

Sara Barron Zablotney T’99, partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Lawrence Blum, professor of philosophy and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston

Joel L. Fleishman, professor of law and public policy Studies and director of the Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

William A. Galston, Senior Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program

Julian J. Harris T’00, Medicaid program director for the State of Massachusetts and former Rhodes Scholar

Joseph S. Harvard, III,  retired pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Durham

J. Matthew Mackowski T’76chairman and managing director of Telegraph Hill Partners, a San Francisco life science and medical technology private equity firm

Dennis Meyer P’87, P’90, P’93, P’98, P’08, senior counsel and former executive committee chairman of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie

Wyndham Robertson, (Emerita), former director of Capital Cities/ABC, Wachovia, and Media General; former vice president for communications at the University of North Carolina

Jeanne Tannenbaum G’73, (Emerita), active supporter of humanitarian, educational, and arts activities in Greensboro and across North Carolina, retired hospital administrator