Vanderbilt's Schoefield to Lead Public Affairs at Duke
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Vanderbilt's Schoefield to Lead Public Affairs at Duke

Michael Schoenfeld, the vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., will become Duke University’s vice president for public affairs and government relations on July 1.

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Michael Schoenfeld, the vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., will become Duke University’s vice president for public affairs and government relations on July 1. Schoenfeld will serve on the university’s senior leadership team and become its chief communications strategist, advancing and managing public affairs and government relations programs in support of Duke’s mission.

 

He was selected following a nationwide search by a 12-member committee of faculty, trustees, administrators and alumni that was led by L. Gregory Jones, dean of Duke Divinity School. He will succeed John Burness, who announced in October his plans to retire. The university took a massive public relations hit last year over its handling of rape allegations against members of its lacrosse team.

 

Schoenfeld currently serves as the chief public, community and government relations officer and spokesman for Vanderbilt. where has broad responsibility for Vanderbilt’s local, regional and national external affairs, government and community relations, publications and websites, and special events. He also teaches a graduate course on crisis management in higher education.

 

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