Jones Steps Down from Global Strategy Role

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Former Duke Divinity School Dean Greg Jones is stepping down from the position of Duke University vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Monday.

Jones is stepping down for health reasons and will spend the upcoming academic year on research leave while continuing his work on the Lilly Endowment-funded initiative Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. He will return to the Divinity School faculty afterward.

Jones created the Office of Global Strategy and Programs (OGSP) in 2010 after serving as dean of the Duke Divinity School for 13 years. He was responsible for the launch of a number of new interdisciplinary and international programs, the construction of a new building, and significant fundraising. Over the past year, as the chief advocate for Duke's global initiatives, Jones helped to articulate Duke's international engagement and oversaw the planning and negotiations that led to the creation of Duke Kunshan University.

"Greg Jones laid a strong foundation for Duke's global identity, and we are profoundly grateful for his leadership and ability to connect Duke's many programs, across the university and around the world, into a unified strategic vision," Brodhead said. "We wish Greg a speedy return to full health and are glad that he will remain a valued member of our faculty and the Duke community."

Brodhead also announced that Michael H. Merson, the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute and vice chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Affairs, will take on the role of interim vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs.

The university will launch an international search for a permanent successor to Jones in September.