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Public Policy Alumni Named to Duke Board of Trustees

July 5, 2018

Two of three new members who joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1 are public policy alumni.

The new members are Nancy M. Schlichting, retired chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System; Amy L. Kramer, a 2018 Duke graduate who majored in political science and public policy; and Amy Y. Hafez, who received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics and microbiology from Duke in May.

As the university's governing body, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the school's educational mission and fiscal policies. There are 37 members on the board plus four observers.

Schlichting, who retired in 2017 following a 35-year career in health care administration, will serve a six-year term. She simultaneously begins a term as vice chair of the Duke University Health System Board of Directors, of which she has been a member since September 2016. She previously served on the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors.

Schlichting joined the Henry Ford Health System in 1998 as its senior vice president and chief administrative officer. She also worked as executive vice president and chief operating officer, president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and was named president and CEO of the system in 2003.

Her honors include being named eight times as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Schlichting graduated magna cum laude from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in public policy and earned an MBA from Cornell University. Learn more about Schlichting.

Kramer, selected by her fellow undergraduates as a young trustee, will serve a two-year term, as an observer during her first year and as a voting member in her second year.

While an undergraduate at Duke, Kramer majored in public policy and political science, with concentrations in U.S. foreign policy and security, peace and conflict studies. Building on her experiences as a cadet in Army ROTC, she completed her senior honors thesis on the impact of female leadership in Army ROTC programs nationally. She also worked with U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox and helped develop a new national diversity strategy.

Kramer, a Robertson Scholar, was a member of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy Undergraduate Council and was the principal bassoonist in the Duke Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of several pre-professional women's organizations.

This fall, Kramer will travel to Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar to earn a master’s degree in global affairs. She plans to pursue a career related to consulting, strategy and policy implementation within the national security and defense fields. Learn more about Kramer.

Hafez was selected by the Graduate and Professional Student Council as a young trustee. She will serve a three-year term, as an observer during her first year on the board and as a voting member in her second and third years. She plans to pursue a career in science policy and will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in the Center for Tobacco Research and Education.