New state senator selected as chair of Duke's trustees

Posted May 9, 2009 11:40 a.m. EDT

— Dan Blue, who was nominated to fill former state Sen. Vernon Malone's vacant seat this week, got another office on Friday: Duke University's Board of Trustees selected him as chairman.

Blue will become the board's first black chairman when he takes over July 1.

The graduate of Duke University Law School and North Carolina Central University has been a trustee since 1995 and previously been vice-chairman of the board.

The Wake County Democratic Party nominated Blue on Wednesday to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the passing of Malone on April 18. Gov. Bev Perdue must confirm his appointment.

Blue was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1980 and served until 2002, when he resigned to run for the U.S. Senate. He was re-elected to the state House in 2006.

Blue is a managing partner of the law firm Blue, Stephens & Fellers in Raleigh.

The trustees also re-elected G. Richard Wagoner Jr. as vice chair of the board. Wagoner was chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors Corp. until earlier this year. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke in 1975 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1977.