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The administrative staff of The Graduate School are ready to help you with all of your graduate school needs. Please reach out to any of the staff members below via email to set up an appointment, virtually or in person. 

The Graduate School building is located at 2127 Campus Drive. We welcome walk-in visitors without an appointment from 9am to 3:30pm. To visit with a staff member outside of those times, we ask that you make an appointment. 

Office of the Dean

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Suzanne Barbour
Suzanne Barbour

Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost
Professor of Cell Biology

  • Serves as the senior administrator in The Graduate School
  • Is responsible for all policies and procedures in the graduate programs

919-681-1560
suzanne.barbour@duke.edu


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Scott Behm
Scott Behm

Associate Dean, Communications and Marketing

  • Leads the development and implementation of The Graduate School's communications strategy

919-684-1665
scott.behm@duke.edu

 


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Jessica Covil-Manset's headshot
Jessica Covil-Manset

Communications Specialist

  • Supports the communications strategy of The Graduate School through writing, design, social media, and other communications projects

919-681-2018
jessica.covil-manset@duke.edu

 

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Pakis Bessias
Pakis Bessias

IT Manager

  • Oversees The Graduate School's internal computer data systems

919-681-3227
pakis.bessias@duke.edu


 


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Angela Eberts
Angela Eberts

Director of Development

  • Oversees and implements the fundraising program for The Graduate School
  • Manages the Graduate School Board of Visitors

919-613-1128
angela.eberts@duke.edu

 


 
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Allison Boyer
Allison Boyer

Associate Director of Development 

  • Serves as a fundraiser for The Graduate School, including frontline fundraising at the major gift level, pipeline development, and coordinating Annual Fund efforts

919-613-0754
allison.boyer@duke.edu

 


Diamond Riley

Staff Assistant

  • Greets visitors and connects them with appropriate staff
  • Oversees front desk operations
  • Manages building and grounds facilities

919-681-3257
diamond.riley@duke.edu


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Kim Thompson
Kim Thompson

Human Resources Manager

  • Coordinates human resource needs of employees, student workers, and fellows
  • Interprets personnel policies and employee relations functions to meet federal, state, University, and Graduate School objectives
  • Assists hiring managers in employee recruitment and termination, position classification, and salary administration

919-681-1562
kim.n.thompson@duke.edu


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Carlus Walters
Carlus Walters

Administrative Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean

  • Assists with Graduate School management and schedules appointments for the dean

919-681-1560
carlus.walters@duke.edu

 


 

Academic Affairs

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John Klingensmith
John Klingensmith

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Develops and administers the academic regulations of the Graduate School, including those involving disciplinary matters, time limitations, leaves, examination/advisory committees and milestone examinations
  • Is responsible for the external review of University academic departments and programs, and the internal review of proposed curriculum changes in graduate programs
  • Serves as admissions reviewer and as general academic advisor for students who wish to talk to someone outside their own graduate degree programs

919-681-1559
john.klingensmith@duke.edu


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Hugh Crumley
Hugh Crumley

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Coordinates Responsible Conduct of Research training for all graduate students
  • Directs the Certificate in College Teaching program
  • Directs the Preparing Future Faculty program
  • Teaches graduate courses in college teaching methods, technology, and design
  • Offers workshops and consulting on technology and teaching for graduate students

919-660-5975
crumley@duke.edu


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Kathy Ivanov
Kathy Ivanov

Program Coordinator

  • Provides administrative support to Academic Affairs
  • Handles coordination of workshops and events
  • Records preliminary exam information
  • Manages the thesis/dissertation process

919-681-5985
kathy.ivanov@duke.edu


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Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones

Program Coordinator

  • Tracks and reports graduate student placement
  • Manages the graduate faculty nominations and graduate student committees processes
  • Edits the Graduate School Bulletin and the Director of Graduate Studies Manual
  • Oversees the Graduate Certificate Process
  • Updates the Academic Affairs portion of The Graduate School website, including descriptions of departments, and programs
  • Manages DGS appointment process

919-681-3252
matthew.d.jones@duke.edu


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Helene McAdams
Helene McAdams

Graduate School Registrar

  • Acts as liaison among the Graduate School, departments, and the University Registrar regarding academic requirements and policies
  • Audits and manages degree records and requirements
  • Reviews and executes special registration requests, including interinstitutional, cross-school, undergraduate, and overload requests
  • Reviews and processes student academic program and plan status change requests
  • Resolves registration problems

919-681-3248
helene.mcadams@duke.edu


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Courtnea Rainey
Courtnea Rainey

Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation

  • Develops, coordinates, and provides support for graduate educational assessment and evaluation.
  • Directs The Graduate School's student learning outcomes assessment program.
  • Assists the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the management of the external review process for academic departments and programs.
  • Contributes to the professional training of doctoral students interested in academic careers, including the teaching of graduate-level courses.

919-681-3251
courtnea.rainey@duke.edu


Admissions

General Admissions Line: 919-684-3913

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Nicholas Alena
Nicholas Alena

Associate Dean, Graduate Admissions

  • Manages daily operations of the Admissions Office, including workflow, staff supervision, and implementation of new technology to the admissions process
  • Is responsible for set-up, monitoring, and data integrity of automated systems
  • Assists with upgrades
  • Hires and trains additional seasonal staff
  • Provides ongoing admissions analysis and reports

919-684-3913
nicholas.alena@duke.edu


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Scott Andrews
Scott C. Andrews

Data Manager

  • Provides support for PeopleSoft, ApplyYourself, and Admissions Center databases
  • Performs setup for new processes and assists with upgrades and staff training
  • Is responsible for direct communication to admissions candidates, including final admissions decisions
  • Provides admissions data, statistical analysis, and reports

919-681-1556
scott.andrews@duke.edu


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Chris Kizer
Chris Kizer

Slate Operations Manager

  • Develops, edits, and manages admissions communications
  • Communicates final admissions decisions to applicants
  • Responds to prospect, applicant, and admitted student inquiries
  • Matriculates admitted students

919-681-1553
chris.kizer@duke.edu


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Kristen Mirek
Kristen Mirek

Program Coordinator

  • Manages image capturing process
  • Serves as admissions liaison with graduate departments in business administration, basic medical sciences, economics, and various others
  • Assists incoming international students with visa processing

919-681-1561
kristen.mirek@duke.edu


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Tyler Read
Tyler Read

Communications Specialist

  • Develops, edits, and manages admissions communications
  • Communicates final admissions decisions to applicants
  • Responds to prospect, applicant, and admitted student inquiries
  • Matriculates admitted students

919-684-5737
tyler.read@duke.edu


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Randi Smith
Randi Smith

Duke Kunshan Admissions Specialist

  • Processes applications for admission to Duke Kunshan University
  • Serves as the liaison for the Global Health and Medical Physics master’s programs at Duke Kunshan University. Assists Duke Kunshan students with obtaining visas for study at Duke
  • Responds to prospect, applicant and admitted student inquiries
  • Responsible for scanning/capturing application materials into imaging database for both Duke and Duke Kunshan

919-684-3913
randi.smith@duke.edu


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Nancy Wines
Nancy Wines

Program Coordinator

  • Processes admissions applications
  • Serves as admissions liaison with graduate departments in computer science, engineering, liberal studies, and various others
  • Assists incoming international students with visa processing

919-668-0424
nancy.wines@duke.edu


Finance and Administration

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Shanna Fitzpatrick
Shanna Fitzpatrick

Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
Chief Financial Officer

  • Develops, implements, and communicates all Graduate School financial operations, including financial strategic planning and budget development

  • Provides oversight of administrative processes and process improvement implementation

  • Serves as liaison between University departments and external entities regarding financial and administrative policies and initiatives

919-681-3249
shanna.fitzpatrick@duke.edu


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Lorelei Evans
Lorelei Evans

Database Analyst I

  • Provide user-level support for administrative systems and databases used in day-to-day operations
  • Provide support for systems and reporting development, financial aid, and related processes

919-660-2728
lorelei.evans@duke.edu


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Daniel Heflin
Daniel Heflin

Financial Aid Coordinator

  • Manages all aspects of graduate financial aid in conjunction with federal regulations and programs
  • Determines eligibility and processes student loans
  • Serves as contact for national fellowships
  • Maintains updated information on federal tax law regarding student aid

919-681-3247
daniel.heflin@duke.edu


Shakiera Rose

Database Analyst I

  • Develops and implements all data management processes
  • Performs data reporting and statistical analysis to be used by internal Graduate School units as well as external Duke offices

919-660-2728
shakiera.rose@duke.edu


Joel Salgado

Senior Business Systems Analyst

  • Develops and implements all data management processes
  • Performs data reporting and statistical analysis to be used by internal Graduate School units as well as external Duke offices

919-668-3045
grad-support@duke.edu


Budgets and Finance

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Iryna Merenbloom
Iryna Merenbloom

Assistant Dean, Budgets and Finance

  • Directs financial operations
  • Oversees development and implementation of financial policies, processes, and technologies
  • Manages daily operation and staff supervision
  • Prepares and monitors administrative and financial aid budgets and expenditures

919-681-1555
iryna.merenbloom@duke.edu


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Caroline Morris
Caroline Morris

Program Director

  • Manages Graduate Fellowship application and selection processes
  • Maintains GSF and payroll processing
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Coordinating Official

919-684-4665
caroline.morris@duke.edu


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Natalia Provorov
Natalia Provorov

Financial Management Analyst I

  • Administers The Graduate School's conference travel program
  • Maintains accounting of procurement card payments and office invoices
  • Provides additional assistance in managing department operations

919-681-1552
natalia.provorov@duke.edu


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Cynthia Stout
Cynthia Stout

Financial Management Analyst II

  • Compiles, analyzes, and prepares reports on the financial compliance and performance of graduate student funding and the operating units of The Graduate School

919-684-6710
cynthia.wilcock@duke.edu


Graduate Student Affairs

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Yan Li
Yan Li

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

  • Serves as the senior administrator for the Office of Graduate Student Affairs
  • Collaborates with graduate departments, student organizations, and other administrative units to provide services that enhance the academic, social, personal, and cultural needs of graduate students

919-684-2056
yan.li3@duke.edu


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Melissa Bostrom
Melissa Bostrom

Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development

  • Provides strategic direction and leadership for graduate student professional development
  • Manages the Professional Development Grant
  • Directs the Professional Development Series
  • Directs the Emerging Leaders Institute
  • Manages Duke OPTIONS
  • Serves as managing editor of the Professional Development Blog and weekly professional development newsletter

919-684-1407
melissa.bostrom@duke.edu


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Latishia Futrell
Latishia Futrell

Senior Program Coordinator

  • Manages communication networks and databases
  • Prepares programmatic reports
  • Assists in the implementation of programming efforts
  • Serves as a liaison with University departments

919-684-2056
latishia.futrell@duke.edu


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J. Alan Kendrick
Alan Kendrick

Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development

  • Oversees efforts to design, deliver, and improve services and programs that support graduate students from entry to completion of their degrees
  • Creates mechanisms for developing and coordinating The Graduate School's diversity initiatives, including the daily administration and development of recruitment and retention activities

919-668-0416
alan.kendrick@duke.edu


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Sondra Ponzi
Sondra Ponzi

Senior Program Coordinator

  • Manages and implements student programs
  • Is responsible for budgeting, preparing programmatic reports, and providing counseling and advising of students
  • Acts as the disability services liaison and the harassment prevention advisor

919-681-1551
sondra.ponzi@duke.edu

 


English for International Students

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Brad L. Teague
Brad Teague

Assistant Dean and EIS Director

  • Leads the design and delivery of English-language courses and services for international graduate students 
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures
  • Hires and supervises EIS faculty and staff
  • Establishes collaborations and partnerships with other programs at Duke
  • Teaches EIS courses

919-613-8129
brad.teague@duke.edu


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Marta McCabe
Marta McCabe

Program Coordinator

  • Provides administrative support to the EIS director
  • Coordinates placement testing
  • Develops and implements data-management systems
  • Serves as a liaison with other programs, offices, and departments at Duke
  • Teaches EIS courses

919-613-8029
marta.mccabe@duke.edu