Overview

The Assistant Vice President for Communication Strategy and Operations plays a pivotal role as a senior member of the leadership team for Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs. This position is responsible for overseeing the operational strategy for executing university-wide campaigns, administrative operations, and partnerships. Moreover, the Assistant Vice President acts as the chief of staff to the Vice President for Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs.

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Interested Candidates

The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications for the Assistant Vice President, Communications Strategy and Operations are welcomed as soon as possible. Applications should include a complete résumé or vitae, a letter of interest, and a list of five professional references. All application materials will be considered in full confidence. Please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications electronically to: DukeAVPED@storbecksearch.com.

Search Committee

  • Blyth Morrell, Assistant Vice President, Brand and Marketing, Office of Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Margot Cardamone, Chief of Staff, Student Affairs
  • Julie Barker, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost
  • Paul Grantham, Assistant Vice President, Work Culture and Communication Services, Office of Communication Services
  • Jill Boy, Executive Director, Duke’s Centennial Celebration
  • Annie Kao, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Finance and Administration
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Blyth Morrell

Blyth Morrell

Blyth Morrell, Assistant Vice President, Brand and Marketing, Office of Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations

Blyth joined the Duke’s Office of Public Affairs in 2005 in what began as a two-person team dedicated to marketing for the University is now an Emmy-award winning team dedicated to integrated marketing and brand. She oversees social media, video production, strategic events, digital design and message development.

She joined Duke in 2003 and spent the early years of her career in the tech sector focused on web development and graphic design. She initially led the Web Services Team in Trinity College and later in the Office of Information Technology before switching careers paths into Public Affairs.

Blyth has a BA in English and a minor in Computer Information Systems from Lees McRae College. She has numerous certifications such as PMP and Google Analytics as well as graduate of the Duke Leadership Academy.  

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​​​​​​​Margot Cardamone

Margot Cardamone

Margot Cardamone, Chief of Staff to the Vice President/Vice Provost of Student Affairs

Margot Cardamone joined Duke in 2022. In her role, she coordinates and advances key initiatives, communications, and operations for the Vice President/Vice Provost. She is responsible for managing both short-term and long-term priorities and activities, ensuring effective communication, coordination, and integration of strategic and ongoing objectives.

Prior to joining Duke, Margot was Chief of Staff at LearnLaunch Institute where she supported more than 3,500 educators across the New England region, focusing on implementing high-quality, equitable teaching and learning for all students. Beforehand she worked at Tufts University in the Office for Student Success and Advising, where she oversaw Pre-Major Advising with a focus on first-generation, low-income, and undocumented students. She later transitioned to the role of inaugural Director of the FIRST Resource Center within the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

Margot started her career in North Carolina as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She has her Master's in Higher Education from Harvard University and her Bachelor's from Dickinson College.

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Julie Barker

Julie Barker

Julie Barker, Chief of Staff to the Provost at Duke University, Secretary of the Duke Kunshan University Board of Trustees.

Julie’s career in higher education has spanned three decades and includes extensive international experience. She joined Duke in 2015 serving as executive director of the Duke Office of Duke Kunshan University Relations, providing strategic leadership and oversight of the administration and operations of the collaboration between Duke and DKU. She also served as chief of staff to the DKU Executive Vice Chancellor from 2021-2023. Prior to joining Duke, she served as chief operating officer at Texas A&M University's branch campus in Qatar, where she oversaw campus operations and administration. In this position, she was responsible for finance, budget and reporting, human resources, facilities and health, safety, security and environment (HSSE), information technology, marketing and communication, events and visitor relations.  Previously, she was assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Division of Research at Texas A&M’s main campus in the United States. She oversaw administrative activities, communications, information technology, and a variety of special projects. Julie also coordinated all international activities for the division with a focus on Asia, Latin America and Qatar. She played a principal role in organizing a major biennial conference series between 2002 and 2009 focused on US-China relations for the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

Julie received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M and an Executive MBA from HEC-Paris in Qatar.

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Paul Grantham

Paul Grantham

Paul Grantham, Assistant Vice President, Work Culture and Communication Services, Office of Communication Services

Paul has worked at Duke for 22 years in various leadership roles, including Assistant Vice President for Communication Services, Deputy Emergency Coordinator, and interim roles overseeing Disability Management and Parking and Transportation Services. Prior to joining Duke, he spent four years in corporate communications at Wachovia,  one of the largest regional banking institutions in the southeast, and as a journalist at the Kernersville News.

Paul has a master's degree in English and African-American Literature from North Carolina A&T State University, where he also taught composition. He earned a bachelor's in English from Guilford College, where he was an Academic All-American in football.

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Jill Boy

Jill Boy

Jill Boy, Executive Director, Duke’s Centennial Celebration

Jill oversees campus-wide planning of more than a year of events, activities and programs to commemorate Duke’s Centennial Celebration. Prior to this position, she spent 20 years working for Duke Health, first as director of marketing and communications for the Duke Cancer Institute, and most recently as associate dean and chief communications officer for the Duke University School of Medicine. She led the school’s Office of Strategic Communications, comprised of a team of writers and creative professionals who support executive communications, media relations, writing and editorial services, internal communications, special events planning, video production and photography, research and science communications, and communications support for development and alumni relations. Jill also created and led the School of Medicine Communicators Network, which includes communicators from the school's 25 departments, as well as representatives from centers and institutes and other units throughout the school. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Duke, she served as Vice President of Phoenix Communications, a communications consulting firm. 

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Annie Kao

Annie Kao

Annie Kao, Associate Vice Provost and Chief of Staff in the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Annie is a Chinese-American who worked in scholarly publishing and private sector business management before returning to Duke in 2008 to help build the DukeEngage program. She has an AB in cultural anthropology from Duke (T’92) and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.


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