At Duke News today an announcement which begins:
John F. Burness, Duke University’s senior vice president for public affairs and government relations since 1991 and the guiding force behind the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership that helped strengthen Duke’s ties with the local community, will retire on June 30, 2008.The rest of the announcement is here.
Duke President Richard H. Brodhead has appointed L. Gregory Jones, dean of Duke Divinity School, to chair a 12-person search committee of faculty, trustees, administrators and alumni to identify candidates to succeed Burness.
President Brodhead and Burness both say the retirement was planned two years ago, which means before Chrystal Mangum and Mike Nifong started lying about Duke students.
I’ll say more about Burness tonight. I’m off to a meeting now.
Hat tip: BN