Scholarship Luncheon Speaker

Trustee J. Porter Durham, Jr. serves as Partner, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Global Endowment Management (GEM), LP.  Prior to joining GEM in 2007, Durham worked for The Duke Endowment as Staff Counsel and Director of the Education Division. Durham has held a broad array of professional roles in the legal and corporate arenas. He is former Chairman of the Corporate and Securities Department at the Baker Donelson law firm. He also served as a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at universities in North Carolina and Tennessee, and is a member of numerous boards including the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Duke University School of Law, and Trinity Episcopal School.  

Durham is a trustee for several venerable organizations, including Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust, The National Humanities Center, and Johnson C. Smith University.  Durham graduated cum laude, JD in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Duke University and continued at Duke, earning his law degree in 1985.  

It was during his tenure at The Duke Endowment that he became familiar with JCSU’s mission and vision. Durham has stated that “I truly love Smith.  JCSU works to prepare kids for a diverse and complex world…It is my pleasure to advance this mission and serve as an ambassador for JCSU.”

Durham and his wife, Victoria, have four children ranging in age from eight to 28.