Comments Sought For Regular Review of Kyle Cavanaugh

Phail Wynn to chair review of vice president for administration

Regular reviews of senior administrators of the university are conducted by a committee that completes a performance review and submits a confidential report to university officers. Such a committee has been appointed to review Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for administration, who has served in his post since 2009.

Phail Wynn Jr., vice president for Durham and Regional Affairs, will chair the committee. Other members are Julie Britton, Fuqua School; Ann Elsner, Perkins Library; Warren Grill, Pratt School; David Jarmul, Office of News and Communications; Lloyd Michener, Community and Family Medicine; Kevin Sowers, Duke Hospital; and Stan Wilcox, Athletics.

Cavanaugh came to Duke in 2009 as vice president for human resources.  His title was later changed to vice president for administration after he assumed management for Duke Police, Disability Management and Parking & Transportation.

The charge to the committee poses several questions for review, including Cavanaugh's strategic leadership and accomplishments, how units under him have changed under his leadership and recommendations for improvement.

An important part of the review process is the gathering of opinion from the university's constituencies. Comments on performance and suggestions for the future are important to the committee's work. 

The committee invites members of the Duke community to share their thoughts by email or letter, or communicate orally with any committee member. Communication should include the nature of your interactions with Cavanaugh. The committee will keep all comments confidential.

All comments should be submitted by June 1, 2012.

Send comments by email to committee chair Wynn at or by letter to VP Review Committee (Attn: Anne Light), Box 90028, Duke University, Durham NC 27708. To arrange an appointment to present comments in person, call Anne Light at 684-5590.