Our merit scholar alumni are doing amazing things after Duke. They are leaving their mark on the world in all sectors and disciplines. Get to know some of our scholar alumni and learn about their many and varied talents and accomplishments.

David Plylar

University Scholar, Class of 2001

University Scholars Program alumnus David Plyar is a music specialist and concert producer for the Library of Congress. Plylar talks about Arts vs. Science in the video below, accompany by one of his orginal musical works.

Lina Colucci

Robertson Scholar, Class of 2012

Charles Randolph-Wright

Angier B. Duke, Class of 1978

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Charles Randolph-Wright is an A.B. Duke Scholar alumnus who graduated from Duke in 1978. He is the director of the award-winning Broadway hit Motown the Musical. The film, television, and theater director will premier two plays in 2014.

Click here to read the Duke Magazine article featuring Randolph-Wright. hto read the Duke Magazine article featuring Randolph-Wright.

 

Josephine Humphreys

Angier B. Duke Scholar, Class of 1967

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Josephine Humphreys graduated from Duke in 1967 as an Angier B. Duke Scholar majoring in English. She studied creative writing under Reynolds Price, the renowned Southern novelist and James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke. After Duke, she received her master’s from Yale University in 1968 and held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Danforth Foundation. From 1970-1977, she taught English in her hometown of Charleston, SC before beginning her career as a writer. Charleston is the setting of her novels Dreams of Sleep (1984), Rich in Love (1987), and The Fireman’s Fair (1991). Ms. Humphreys won the 1984 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for Dreams of Sleep. Rich in Love, probably her best-known novel, was made into a major motion picture of the same title in 1993 directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Albert Finney and Jill Clayburgh. Her fourth novel, Nowhere Else on Earth (2000), is an historical novel based on the true story of Rhoda Strong and the Lumbee Indian outlaw Henry Berry Lowrie from the American Civil War era. It won the Southern Book Award in 2001. Ms. Humphreys also wrote the introduction for and worked closely with Ruthie Bolton on Ms. Bolton’s best-selling memoir “Gal: A True Life” published in 2001. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lyndhurst Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature; and is a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Ms. Humphreys is currently working on a project based on the history of Haiti and Charleston in the period of the American and Haitian revolutions.

Click here for an interview with Ms. Humphreys on Penguin.com and click here for Amazon.com's full list of her award-winning novels!

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Alex McIntosh

Trinity Scholar, Class of 1991

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Alex McIntosh graduated from Duke in 1991 as a Trinity Scholar majoring in Political Science. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the President’s Honor Council, instituted the Ethics At Duke series, and authored a book entitled The Birds of Duke Gardens. From 1998-2003, McIntosh worked with The Nature Conservancy as the Director of Philanthropy where he helped secure record $75MM in private capital for the two largest watershed conservation projects in TNC history. Next, McIntosh attended Yale University where he received his master’s degree in Environmental Management. From 2006-2010, he worked as the Founding Director of Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability at Nestle Waters where he led transformative initiative within a $4 billion division of the world’s largest consumer water company. In May 2010, he relocated to San Francisco where he founded Ecomundi Ventures. He currently serves as General Partner of this innovative impact investment fund that works to tackle the toughest water challenges of the 21st century by investing in the world’s outstanding entrepreneurs and their innovative business models AND by reinventing personal care to improve human health and the planet. McIntosh is also the Board Director of Clearwater Systems Corporation, a company with advanced water treatment technology, products and services that have helped lead a revolution in water and energy resource efficiency over the past decade. He co-developed an ecotourism business and funding model for the African nation of Gabon’s president and leading conservation group and created a 5-year business plan for Big Bend National Park. McIntosh speaks Spanish and Japanese and has frequent speaking engagements around the world.

Click here to read more about Alex's impact and leadership in the cleantech industry!

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Po Man Lo

Angier B. Duke Scholar, Class of 1999

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Po Man Lo graduated from Duke in 1999 as an Angier B. Duke Scholar majoring in Psychology. Ms. Lo was named the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd. on December 18, 2013. She is the Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and an experienced executive in sales and marketing and corporate management. Ms. Lo is also the Vice Chairman and Executive Director of Cosmopolitan International Holdings Ltd. and the Vice Chairman of Century City International Holdings Ltd. where she has been the Executive Director since 2007. She serves as an Executive Director of the estate agency business of the Regal Group and is involved in its marketing and sales functions. She directed the marketing campaign of the Regal Group’s luxury residential development, Regalia Bay, in Stanley, Hong Kong, and also undertakes responsibilities in the business development of Regal Group. Ms. Lo is the Vice Chairman of Regal Portfolio Management Ltd. at Regal REIT and has been an Executive Director of Regal Hotels International Holdings Ltd. since 2004 and Paliburg Holdings Ltd. since 2007. Ms. Lo is the Founder of Bodhi and Friends, Asia’s leading edutainment brand and kids interactive platform, which launched in 2012 and the President of The Outstanding Young Persons Association since January 2014. Hong Kong Tatler named Po Man Lo to their 500 List of Hong Kong’s Power Elite for 2014.

Lo was named to the Hong Kong Tatler 500 List of Hong Kong's Power Elite for 2014!  Click here to read more.

Read more about Lo in her Executive Profile on Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Damon Wilson

Benjamin N. Duke Scholar, Class of 1995

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Damon Wilson graduated from Duke in 1995 as a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar majoring in Political Science. Following graduation, Wilson was awarded the first Hart Leadership Fellowship, working in Rwanda with Save the Children’s Children and War Program. Wilson then received his master’s degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1998. He was selected for a Presidential Management Fellowship and worked on the State Department’s China desk and at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Next, he worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of European Security and Political Affairs. From 2001-2004, Wilson served in Brussels as Deputy Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General and then worked at the National Security Council as the Director for Central, Eastern, and Northern European affairs from 2004-2006. Next, he served at the US Embassy in Baghdad as the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff, where he played a key role in overseeing the embassy’s effort to design and implement a civilian surge throughout Iraq. From 2007-2009, Wilson served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Senior Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council. Mr. Wilson is now the Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council, a DC-based think tank, serving as both a thought leader and manager. His work is committed to advancing a Europe whole, free and at peace; to strengthening the NATO Alliance; and to fostering a transatlantic partnership capable of tackling global challenges and promoting its common values. Wilson has been decorated by the Presidents of Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, and Poland for his efforts to advance transatlantic relations.

Wilson was quoted just last week - on February 20 & 21, 2014 - in the Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, and The New York Times on US-Russian relations. Click to read articles!

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Lisa Ferri

Angier B. Duke Scholar, Class of 1994

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Lisa Ferri graduated from Duke in 1994 as an Angier B. Duke Scholar majoring in Biology. Following graduation, she worked as a Risk Analyst at Marsh, Inc. and then as a writer for the Monitor Group for several years. In 2004, Lisa graduated with highest honors from the Graduate School of Journlism at Columbia University. While at Columbia, she served as a Teaching Assistant for NBC News President Dick Wald and then as a Communications Director launching marketing campaigns and ghostwriting speeches. Following her work at Columbia, Lisa moved to ABC News. First, she worked as a Control Room Writer and then as Editorial Producer/Writer for Good Morning America. She also served as a Writer/Producer for ABC News before moving into her position as Writer/Producer of World News. Currently, Lisa is the Senior Editorial Producer at ABC News and the Head Writer/Coordinating Producer at World News with Diane Sawyer. In 2007, Lisa won a Daytime Emmy award, along with the rest of the ABC News team, for her work on Good Morning America. In 2013, she won a Writers Guild of America Award for her World News story "Tragedy in Colorado: The Movie Theater Massacre," and in February 2014 Lisa won another Writers Guild Award for her work on her World News story "Tragedy at Newtown: Special Edition."

Ferri just won a Writers Guild of America award on February 1, 2014! See press release here.

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Danielle Gray graduated from Duke in 2000 as a Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar. She majored in Economics and Public Policy as an undergraduate at Duke before receiving her J.D. From Harvard Law School where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Currently, Ms. Gray is Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary in the White House. She serves as President Obama's primary liaison to the Cabinet departments and agencies, helping to coordinate policy and communications strategy across the Administration. Prior to this, Ms. Gray served as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, where she focused on labor, education, and training issues. She also served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President providing legal advice on a wide range of domestic and economic policy issues. Before joining the Administration, Ms. Gray served as Deputy National Policy Director for Obama for America and prior to that, she was an associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Earlier in her career she served as a Law Clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and also worked on the policy and research staff of the President's 2004 US Senate campaign. To learn more about Danielle Gray's outstanding career, visit The White House Blog for her full bio.

Newsweek featured Gray in their September 13, 2013 issue! Read the article here.

MSNBC named Gray a "Woman of Value" earlier this year: Read more.

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Eric Greitens

Angier B. Duke Scholar, Class of 1996

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Eric Greitens graduated from Duke in 1996 as an Angier B. Duke Scholar. He was selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar and attended the University of Oxford where he earned his master's degree and Ph.D. Eric is a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer and was deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism serving as Commander of several operations including an al Qaeda Targeting Cell. In 2005, he was appointed by the President to serve as a White House Fellow and has received numerous military awards. After returning from Iraq, Eric donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that challenges veterans to serve and inspire in communities across America. As CEO, Eric has been recognized as one of the most innovative leaders in America and was named to TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list in 2013. Eric has authored three books and has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, Bosnia, and Bolivia.

To learn more about Eric's impressive achievements, visit his personal website at www.ericgreitens.com.

Greitens was named to the 2013 TIME magazine's 100 most influential people list! Click here to read more.

Watch Greitens on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart discussing his work earlier this year:

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