Here Are Duke Leadership Changes Beginning July 1

A roundup of new senior leaders coming aboard at beginning of the fiscal year

New Duke leadership, clockwise from top left: Frank Tramble, Dr. Mary Klotman, Alec Gallimore, Chris Simmons, Abdullah Antepli, Toddi Steelman and Lori Bennear.

Vice President for Government Relations: Chris Simmons has been promoted to a new vice president role with responsibility for all aspects of government relations at the state, federal and international levels. Simmons will work closely with Vice President of Durham and Community Affairs Stelfanie Williams on local policy issues and coordinate with the Duke Health Office of Government Relations on health care policy. He will report to President Price.

Associate Vice President/Associate Vice Provost for Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning: Current Sanford School faculty member Abdullah Antepli will take on this new role advancing community-engaged scholarship and civic engagement on campus. A central aspect of the position will be to coordinate these academic activities with the university’s numerous community engagement initiatives. Antepli came to Duke in 2008 to serve as the university’s first Muslim chaplain.

Vice President and Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability: Toddi Steelman moves from her role as Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment to a new role where she will oversee the Duke Climate Commitment and lead the Office of Climate and Sustainability. She will report jointly to the provost and executive vice president and will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet. Steelman will work with Duke students and colleagues, as well as with external partners, in the university’s efforts to create sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis.

Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment: Lori Bennear, professor of energy economics and policy, will serve a two-year term succeeding Steelman at the Nicholas School. Bennear has served as executive vice dean of the Nicholas School since 2022 and has been at Duke since 2004.