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May 6, 2009


University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees Announces New Leadership

Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C. – The University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees is pleased to announce a new leadership team for the 2009 – 2010 board term. The Board officers, who are existing board members, will include: Emily F. Durso, chair; Kim M. Keenan, vice chair; Gerald Lang, treasurer; and Joseph L. Askew, Jr., secretary. The new officers were selected at an April 30 board meeting.

Emily F. Durso, chair-elect – Since 1990, Ms. Durso has been the president of the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C., where she leads an affiliation of 91 hotels in the District of Columbia. She is also the founder of the Hospitality Public Charter High School. She has served on the UDC board since 2006.

Kim M. Keenan, Esq., vice chair-elect – Ms. Keenan is the principal of the Keenan Firm, her District-based practiced which focuses on medical malpractice litigation, mediation, arbitration and litigation consulting. The D.C. Bar Association President-elect, she has received many commendations including being named a Top Lawyer by Washingtonian magazine. Ms. Keenan has served on the UDC board, where she has been a trustee since 2007.

Gerald Lang, treasurer-elect – Mr. Lang is the chairman of the Board of The Capital Corridor Group, LLC (CCG) , a local real estate development firm. A retired corporate marketing and sales executive, he also does management consulting. He joined the board in 2006.

Joseph L. Askew, Jr., Esq., secretary-elect – Mr. Askew is the vice president of government relations for Verizon, DC. His background includes the military and public service in addition to positions in corporate America. An alumnus of UDC, Mr. Askew has been on the board since 2006.

The terms for the UDC Board of Trustees leadership will become effective on May 15, 2009 and end on May 14, 2010. The term of the existing Board officers, headed by Board Chair James Dyke, will expire on May 14, 2009.



The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public source of accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant economic engine for the District of Columbia. The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.

Jackie Boynton, Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Communications, & Alumni Relations, jboynton@udc.edu or 202.997.7161