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Duke Names New President PDF Print E-mail
By Administrator   
Saturday, 03 December 2016 05:45
Vincent Price, provost of the University of Pennsylvania has been elected Duke University’s 10th president.
Price, 59, was selected by Duke’s Board of Trustees Friday morning. He will succeed Richard H. Brodhead on July 1, 2017. Brodhead announced in April that he planned to step down after 13 years as president.
Price called Duke “a very special place where innovation is fueled by creativity, and continually informed by rigorous and groundbreaking scholarship. Most important, it’s a place deeply dedicated to improving our world through research, service and education.
“Dick Brodhead’s extraordinary leadership magnified these core values and brought Duke to the pinnacle of global universities. Now our collective challenge is to build upon and extend that work: to make Duke an ever more powerful voice for education and innovation, an ever more effective model for openness, diversity and inclusion, and an ever more engaged institution dedicated to identifying and solving the great challenges of society.”
Price added, “I am deeply honored to be a part of this most dynamic university, and I look forward to working with our faculty, students, staff, alumni and many friends around the world.”
Jack Bovender, who led the 19-member search committee of trustees, faculty, students, administrators and alumni, said Price was the committee’s unanimous choice after an intensive international search.
Price has been the catalyst for Penn’s global strategy, hiring the university’s first vice provost for global initiatives and spearheading the creation of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing, which opened in 2015.
“Vince’s comfort with and in-depth knowledge of the myriad of issues facing higher education were impressive,” said search committee member Dr. Mary E. Klotman, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. “He has a deep understanding and appreciation of the opportunities provided through strong alignment with an academic health system and medical school as a result of his leadership position at Penn.”
Added search committee member Valerie Ashby, dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, “Vince’s demonstrated commitment to the student experience impressed us all. He is an educator first, whose actions to promote diversity and inclusion have been thoughtful, powerful and effective.”
Price is a leading global expert on public opinion, social influence and political communication. His book “Public Opinion” (Sage, 1992) has been published in six languages and taught in courses around the world. His work has been widely cited on such topics as the impact of political polls, the effects of TV news coverage and the factors that shape public opinion. His research conducted with Annenberg colleague Joseph N. Cappella and funded by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health has explored the increasingly important role of online discussion in shaping public knowledge and opinion.
Before being appointed provost, Price served at Penn as interim provost, associate provost for faculty affairs, chair of the Faculty Senate and associate dean of the Annenberg School.
“Duke has made an absolutely superb choice,” said Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania.  “No one is better prepared or more deserving than Vince to lead a distinguished university such as Duke. We at Penn are both proud and extremely happy for him, Annette and their family, even if our happiness is tinged with the sadness of our cherished colleague and friend departing from Penn come July 1.”
Added David L. Cohen, chair of the Penn trustees, “This is a bittersweet day for Penn as we have to say goodbye to a great academic leader, but also have the opportunity to congratulate Vince Price and Duke. To a person, every Penn trustee admires the leadership that Vince has brought in his role as provost at Penn. He has a passion for academic excellence, and a remarkable talent for building and leading highly effective teams in a large and complex environment. At Duke, he will be a president who will be accessible to deans, faculty, staff, students and alumni. I believe Vince is destined to lead Duke on a great path in the years ahead.”
Price is former editor-in-chief of “Public Opinion Quarterly,” the leading journal of public opinion research; former guest editor of both “Communication Research” and “Political Communication” and an active board member of several academic journals. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Amsterdam, and has delivered more than 100 presentations at universities and colloquia around the world.
His awards for teaching and research include the Robert M. Worcester Award from the World Association for Public Opinion Research, the K. Kyoon Hur Award from the International Communication Association, the Nafziger-White Award from the American Association in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Award of Recognition from the American Association of Public Opinion Research.
Dr. Keith Brodie, Former Duke President, Dies At Age 77 PDF Print E-mail
By Donna Martinez   
Saturday, 03 December 2016 05:36
Dr. H. Keith H. Brodie, the seventh president of Duke University, died Friday at the age of 77.
“Keith Brodie’s term as president of Duke from 1985 to 1993 saw the beginning of Duke’s rise to national recognition and reputation,” Duke President Richard Brodhead said in a message to the campus community Friday. “The initiatives Keith championed became signature qualities of Duke and remain part of our university’s values today, including an emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship, investments in medical research, and a commitment to a diverse and inclusive faculty and student body.”
During Brodie’s tenure, Duke experienced tremendous growth, launching its School of the Environment and opening its Levine Science Research Center and Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Brodie also made it a priority to increase the number of African-Americans in academics.
“Duke University lost one of its long-standing pillars with the passing of a truly exceptional man, Dr. Keith Brodie,” Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He was a mentor and role model to many of us. ... Personally, Dr. Brodie was the best man I’ve ever known at Duke.”
The Keith and Brenda Brodie Recreation Center on Duke’s East Campus is named for Brodie and his wife.
Last Updated on Saturday, 03 December 2016 06:02
State Study Says NC Should Overhaul K-12 Funding PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:52
North Carolina’s current method for funding public schools favors wealthy counties over low-income areas, according to a new study from the state legislature’s Program Evaluation Division. 
In addition to finding imbalances in allotments between wealthy and low-income counties, researchers also discovered that funding for children with disabilities is largely directed away from those areas with the highest number of disabled students. 
 Given the findings, the PED recommended that the state overhaul its system and allocate funds per student — instead of assigning dollar amounts to each LEA, or paying LEAs according to the number of job positions within a district.
The report contains 12 findings that are grouped into 2 sections:
Section I: Allotment-specific issues. This section identifies the following issues:
 The structure of the Classroom Teacher allotment results in a distribution of
resources across LEAs that favors wealthy counties.
 The allotment for children with disabilities fails to observe student population
differences and contains policies—intended to limit overidentification—that
direct disproportionately fewer resources to LEAs with more students to serve.
 The allotment for students with limited English proficiency lacks rationale and
fails to observe economies of scale, resulting in illogical and uneven funding.
 Small county funding is duplicated and unsubstantiated.
 Low wealth funding is overly complex and could be improved to more
precisely reflect a county’s ability to generate local revenue.
 Hold-harmless policies result in a maldistribution of resources for
disadvantaged students.
Section II: System-level issues. This section identifies issues related to the allotment
system as a whole. North Carolina’s allotment system is overly complex and has
limited transparency. These issues are exacerbated by a patchwork of laws and
documented policies and procedures that seek to explain the system. Funding
charter schools currently relies on translating LEA allotments to a per-pupil
approach that is challenged by the inapplicability of some district allotments to
charter schools and the way ADM is calculated for charter schools. Other models
for distributing resources offer alternatives that merit consideration.
Based on these findings, the General Assembly should either:
1) overhaul the system for how resources are distributed by using a weighted
student funding model, or
2) reform the current allotment system by addressing individual allotment
deficiencies and providing direction to improve transparency and
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:54
NC Central Chancellor Debra Saunders-White, 59, Dies After Battle With Cancer PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 November 2016 11:50
Debra Saunders-White, the first permanent female leader of North Carolina Central University, has died Saturday after kidney cancer. Chancellor Saunders-White She was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015 and took a medical leave of absence from the university on Aug. 8.
She came to the Historically Black College and University on June 1, 2013 after serving the President Barack Obama's Education Department. She previously worked at Hampton University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She also worked in corporate marketing for IBM. A former math teacher, Saunders-White used to refer to her catchphrase, “Eagle Excellence” as “E-squared.”
Saunders-White is credited with bringing a can-do spirit to the campus under the mantra of “Eagle Excellence" or "E-squared", a reference to her days as a former math teacher.  
Gov. Pat McCrory praised Saunders-White’s commitment to NCCU, education and Durham. “Her tenure at NC Central was marked by accomplishment and growth and her leadership, especially in helping us to make critical investments in NC Central, will be missed,” 
University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings said Saunders-White would be remembered for her dedication. 
"Deb loved NCCU with all her being and treated each of its students as her very own. She called them her light and her inspiration as she waged her battle with cancer. As a first-generation college graduate, she understood the rare opportunities that higher education can provide, as well as the challenges so many young people face in accessing and affording college.”
She had been quiet about her illness, but last year, before leading the NCCU community on a breast cancer walk, she disclosed her cancer diagnosis, joking, “But I look great, right?”
Chairman of the NCCU Board of Trustees, George Hamilton, said Saunders-White’s death was a deep loss for him personally, and for NCCU.
“She led NCCU through transformational years where the university recorded significant increases in critical performance indicator areas, including retention and graduation rates, and the positioning of our two research institutes became more prominent,” Hamilton said.
Saunders-White is survived by two children, Elizabeth Paige and Cecil III, her mother, Irene Saunders, and her brothers, Roger, Ralph and Kyle Saunders, and their families, a number of other family members and a host of friends.
A vigil is scheduled for Monday, November 28, at 5 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium. A candlelight ceremony will be held immediately following in Hoey Administration Circle.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 11:58

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