Carnegie Mellon University
May 17, 2023

Ray Appointed New Recent Graduate Carnegie Mellon Trustee

By Michael Henninger

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At its annual meeting on May 13, Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees unanimously elected six alumni as new voting trustees: Gloria Chen, Ted Decker, Charles Evans, Thomas Healy, Jewell Parker Rhodes and Shalini Ray. Healy and Ray will be the university’s first recent graduate trustees, a new category of trustee. The trustees’ terms will begin on July 1, 2023.

"Carnegie Mellon is thrilled to welcome these accomplished visionaries, thought leaders and change-makers to the Board of Trustees," said Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon. "Their exceptional leadership and commitment to excellence are invaluable additions to the CMU community. We look forward to the many ways in which they will help accelerate the pursuit of our institutional mission to impact society through scholarship, innovation and creativity."

Shalini Ray, the manager and head of the product training, user engagement and change management team at the medical startup Olive, earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the Mellon College of Science and a master’s degree in health care policy and management from the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy in 2015 and 2016, respectively. At CMU, Ray served in the Undergraduate Student Senate and as student body vice president from 2014-2015. She won an Outstanding Student Organization Leader Award and spoke as a distinguished panelist at the Carnegie Mellon Leadership Summit. Ray is a member of the Alumni Association Board

The appointment of two recent graduate trustees reflects the value the Board of Trustees places in having participation in its discussions from alumni whose voices reflect their own campus experiences. The board approved an amendment to the university’s bylaws designating that two of its voting trustees shall be recent graduate trustees — defined as someone who earned their CMU degree between 5-15 years ago — to serve one term of four years.

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