Detroit to Durham

Wagoner named new trustee chair


BOT Chair Wagoner

In the driver's seat: BOT chair Wagoner
Chris Hildreth

G. Richard Wagoner '75, former chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation, is the new chair of Duke's board of trustees. He succeeds Dan Blue J.D. '73.

Wagoner joined GM in 1977 in its New York Treasurer's office; his subsequent positions included vice president of finance for GM Canada, vice president of finance for GM Europe, and president and managing director of GM Brazil. In 1992, he was promoted to executive vice president and CFO of GM. He was named president of GM North America in 1994 before assuming the roles of president and CEO in 2000, and then chairman and CEO in 2003.

Wagoner and his wife, Kathy Kaylor Wagoner '77, have three sons: George "Trip" Wagoner III '06, Scott Kaylor Wagoner B.S.E. '08, and William Matthew Wagoner '12. Kathy Wagoner serves on the Duke Alumni Association board of directors.

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