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Shalini Ray is Carnegie Mellon University trustee

Ray created history as the university's youngest voting trustee

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Six alumni of Carnegie Mellon University including an Indian-American have been elected unanimously as trustees by the university’s board in its annual meeting held recently.  Shalini Ray will be the university’s first recent graduate trustee.

Sharing the news on Linkedin, Ray said, “ At the age of 30, I became the youngest voting trustee appointed to the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees. I will also be the first (non-ex-officio) member to have been selected to simultaneously serve terms on both the board of trustees and the alumni association board of Directors.”

At CMU, Ray served in the undergraduate student senate and as student body vice president from 2014-2015. She also won an outstanding student organization leader award and spoke as a distinguished panelist at the Carnegie Mellon Leadership Summit.

Ray 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. Apart from Ray, the other trustees are Gloria Chen, Ted Decker, Charles Evans, Thomas Healy and Jewell Parker Rhodes. The trustees’ term 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,” the president added.