Duke University Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations
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  211 Allen Bldg.
Box 90028
Durham, NC 27708-90028
phone: 919-681-3788
fax: 919-681-8919

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Mission Statement
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Vision Statement
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Vice President
  Public Affairs Staff
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Senior Staff
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Mission Statement
The Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations serves Duke University's dynamic educational, intellectual and service missions by providing honest, timely and useful information to all its internal and external stakeholders and audiences, and by helping the university understand, anticipate and manage its environment.

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Vision Statement
We are committed to using our individual and collective experience, judgment and talent to provide the most effective and creative public and government relations counsel to the Duke University community.

We forcefully advocate the interests of Duke University and of higher education, based on our belief in the intellectual values that are the foundation of a great university.

We are in the business of education and information exchange, and are committed to the principle that communication must be more than an end product; it is a vitally important strategic function. We have a responsibility to help decision makers understand, appreciate and include honest communication in the development of institutional policy.

We take seriously our responsibility to anticipate change, and to provide comprehensive, strategic and objective counsel to our clients, based on sound principles of communication.

We respect and value the intelligence of the university's stakeholders and audiences.

We honor the contributions of each person in Public Affairs and Government Relations, recognizing that our success as a team reflects our individual and collective efforts.

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Vice President

John BurnessMichael J. Schoenfeld
Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations
(919) 681 3788
michael.schoenfeld@duke.edu

Michael J. Schoenfeld is Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations, where he oversees communications and advocacy efforts for the university and medical center.

Schoenfeld came to Duke in 2008 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he was vice chancellor for public affairs. As the chief public, community and government relations officer and spokesman for Vanderbilt, Schoenfeld created and led a comprehensive public affairs program that earned multiple honors from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and other organizations, as well as five regional Emmy awards in January for its television productions. Vanderbilt's media relations and online news network were recognized as national leaders in advancing the university's mission. In addition, led Vanderbilt's legislative agenda at the local, state and federal levels on issues that include research funding, higher education policy and health care, and was widely credited with rebuilding Vanderbilt's relationship with the Nashville community, and has played a key role in education, economic development and the arts. As an active member of the community, Schoenfeld was most recently chairman of the University School of Nashville and the Tennessee Repertory Theater, and served on numerous boards and commissions.

Schoenfeld currently holds leadership roles with the National Academy for Media Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Public Relations Society of America, the Association of American Universities, and Leadership Music, and previously served on the board of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the CASE Commission on Communications. He will serve as general chairman of the 2009 CASE Senior Summit, the largest annual gathering of educational advancement leaders.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Schoenfeld was senior vice president for policy and public affairs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Washington, D.C., where he was the chief spokesman and senior corporate officer for media relations, community relations, research and public policy. As the leader of CPB's Internet and technology initiatives, he helped develop one of the first public telecommunications websites and negotiated a partnership with the MIT Media Lab.

Previously, Schoenfeld served as the director of program development at Worldnet, the United States Information Agency's global satellite television network, and as chief of staff for the director of the Voice of America, where he also held a variety of executive and news reporting positions.

A 1984 Duke graduate, Schoenfeld earned a master's degree in public policy from the Harriman School at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He and his wife Elizabeth, the director of the Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth, met while both were undergraduates at Duke. They have one daughter, Abby.

Public Affairs Staff
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Donna Hubert


Donna Hubert
Executive Assistant

Phone: (919) 668-1780
Fax: (919) 681-8919
 


Donna Hubert
Executive Assistant
donna.hubert@duke.edu

Responsibilities:
Senior budget and personnel/Human Resource officer for the division of Public Affairs and Government Relations

Background & Experience:
Came to the Office of the Senior Vice President in December 2002. Previous experience includes 18 years with the following Duke departments: Executive Vice President, FAST Track Project, Facilities Planning and Management, and the Central Payroll Office. Graduate of East Carolina University.


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Virginia M. Skinner


Virginia M. Skinner
Executive Secretary

Phone: (919) 681-3788
Fax: (919) 681-8919
 


Virginia M. Skinner
Executive Secretary
virginia.skinner@duke.edu

Responsibilities:
Handle telephone/reception for the office; prepare all correspondence for the Senior Vice President; manage calendar and travel needs for the Senior Vice President; screen, sort, distribute incoming mail for the office; maintain office files and office supplies.

Background & Experience:
Came to the Office of the Senior Vice President in July 1991. Previous experience includes 15 years with North Carolina local government offices in Wilson, Craven and Pitt Counties, and 4 years as co-manager of church retreat center. Graduate of Oakland City College in Oakland City, Indiana.


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SENIOR STAFF:

David Jarmul
Associate Vice President for News and Communications
(919)684-2823
david.jarmul@duke.edu
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Chris Hildreth
Director of University Photography
(919) 684-4391
hildreth@duke.edu
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Chris Simmons
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
(919) 668-6270
chris.simmons@duke.edu
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Michael Palmer
Director, Office of Community Affairs
(919) 668-6274
mpalmer@duke.edu
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Paul A. Vick
Associate Vice President for Government Relations
(919) 416-8910
vick0004@mc.duke.edu
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