Duke State has created a new leadership role to lead and create important programs that positively impact economic opportunity throughout the Duke and Durham communities.
The role of Vice President for Economic Development will co-report to Stephanie Williams, Vice President for Durham and Communities, and Daniel Ennis, Executive Vice President.
A search committee has been established to lead the hiring process and will be chaired by Sarah Childs, executive director of Duke Forest. Other members of the committee are:
- Rukmini Bal, Vice President and Chief of Staff for Community Affairs, Duke Durham
- Michelle Carter-Jenkins, Director of Human Resources, Duke Facilities Management
- Keith Chadwell, City of Durham Deputy City Manager
- Doug Heron, Vice President for Government Relations, Duke University
- Kimberly Hewitt, Vice President for Institutional Investment and Chief Diversity Officer, Duke University
- Debra Clark Jones, Vice President of Community Health, Duke Durham Department of Community Affairs
- Antwon Lofton, Vice President for Human Resources, Duke University
- Jesse McCoy II, Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney at Duke Law Civil Justice Clinic
- Will Tricomi, Associate General Counsel, Duke Office of Legal Counsel
Williams said this collaborative approach will help further strengthen relationships between Duke University, local governments, and a wide range of community organizations to advance purposeful partnerships.
“Our goal is to lay the foundation for decades of intentional and collaborative community engagement by the university,” she said. “In this role, you will lead the Durham and Community Affairs team in expanding and deepening internal and external relationships that foster meaningful and lasting economic opportunity.”
Duke University's total community benefits and investments over the past decade have exceeded $5.9 billion, and Ennis said this new role will help coordinate decisions regarding Duke University's future investments in community engagement. Said it helps.
“Duke State and Durham State are closely related, and we are constantly looking at ways to support the growth and success of our shared community by reinforcing the importance of locally sourced, inclusive hiring, purchasing and construction management practices. “We're exploring,” he said.
This position will be responsible for coordinating across Duke University and the Duke University Health System to promote, develop, and communicate new programs and initiatives.
Storbeck Search, a Diversified Search Group company, helps facilitate the search process. Additional information for interested applicants or those wishing to nominate someone for the role is available on the Storbeck Search website.