Centre names Associate and Young Associate of the Year
Centre College named James B. Metzger the 2011 Associate of the Year and Robert M. (Rob) Duncan, Jr., the 2011 Young Associate of the Year at its annual winter board of trustees meeting in January.
Metzger is recognized for his leadership in global commerce and service to the U.S. government. He has served as vice president of the company that set up the U.S. Agency of Banco de Bilbao; he was also director of Banco de Bilbao in the United States and its Cayman Islands branch. He has worked with the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce facilitating business relationships. Additionally, he has represented Sodiga, a business development agency for the Province of Galicia.
Metzger held several U.S. government positions during the Nixon administration, including Assistant Director, Office of Foreign Direct Investments in the Commerce Department; Special Advisor to the Office of Policy Development, also in the Commerce Department; and Special Advisor to Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on matters relating to business development in Central America.
Metzger is a member of the Dean’s International Council and the Visiting Committee of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Also, he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New Cities Institute, a subsidiary of the Kentucky League of Cities, and is presently a trustee of the Future Generations Graduate School in West Virginia.
Duncan, a 2000 Centre graduate, is recognized for his record of achievement in learning, leadership and service. As a student, Duncan was a leader in campus life, especially as a varsity athlete and an officer of his fraternity. He received a J.D. in 2003 from the University of Kentucky College of Law and began his career as a clerk for Senior U.S. District Judge Henry R. Wilhoit, Jr., in Ashland, Ky. In January 2005, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Lexington, Ky., Office of the U.S. Attorney.
During his career as a federal prosecutor, Duncan has handled a wide variety of cases, involving violent crime, gun crime, gang crime, narcotics trafficking, public corruption and white-collar offenses. He has received several performance-based awards for his work as a prosecutor, and in April 2006 he was awarded the U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim’s Rights Award for his commitment to crime and victims’ issues.
Active in both civic affairs and professional organizations, Duncan serves on the Board of Directors of the Lexington Humane Society, is president of the Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Alice Lloyd College and the June Buchanan School in Pippa Passes, Ky. He also is actively involved with the Centre College Alumni Association and recently served as Class Gift Chair for the Class of 2000.