Sarah David elected young trustee of the university for
By Amy Lunday
The Johns Hopkins University board of trustees has elected
Sarah David, a senior from Pikesville, Md., as its newest
young trustee. She will join the university's governing
board on July 1.
Every year since 1971, the board has elected one
graduating senior to serve a four-year term, giving it four
young trustees among its membership. To qualify for
consideration, candidates must be seniors in good standing.
In addition to writing two application essays and securing
two letters of recommendation, candidates must receive
endorsement from 5 percent of the junior and senior
classes. A selection committee chooses five candidates for
the board to consider.
David, 21, is completing her bachelor's degree in political science in the Krieger
School. Next fall, she will begin working on a master's
degree in ethnic conflict at Queens University in Belfast,
Ireland, supported by a George J. Mitchell Scholarship.
Chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants, David was one
of 12 scholars selected.
A 2006 Truman Scholar and a 2005 recipient of a Boren
Scholarship, David is passionate about politics and issues
of national security, both on campus and beyond. She was a
campaign manager for Bobby Zirkin, who was elected to the
Maryland Senate in November 2006. For the past several
years, she has actively shared her deep commitment to
public service and civic engagement by teaching
international relations and civics to Baltimore City public
high school students. She developed and organized the
annual "Securing the Future" conference, which brings high
school students from throughout the Baltimore area to the
Homewood campus to learn about homeland security issues;
this year's event takes place March 23 and 24. An active
Democrat, she was elected to participate in a live
televised student debate on national security during the
2004 vice presidential debates and was interviewed on
Hardball With Chris Matthews. David studies Arabic and
Hebrew and for six years studied Japanese.
"Sarah is lively, funny and personable-a real
delight," wrote John Bader, associate dean for academic programs and advising, in
his recommendation for David. "She engages in any
discussion with great energy and intelligence. She is
deeply loyal to Hopkins and loves all its features, from
its great academics to its rich lacrosse tradition. She
will be a great, prized addition to the board of
She is the daughter of Steven David, a professor in
Science Department and director of the
International Studies Program, and Maureen Walsh David.
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