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Birkhead to leave DUPD

Duke University Police Chief Clarence Birkhead announced May 11 that he has accepted the police chief position in Hillsborough, N.C. Birkhead joined DUPD in 1988 as a police officer and since then has served as detective sergeant, watch commander and assistant chief before taking on the chief position. He has served as the police chief for seven years, and June 30 will be his last day at Duke. Birkhead will supervise a staff of 29 in Hillsborough. An interim campus police chief will be announced soon while the University is searching for a permanent chief.

 Brodhead gives four awards

President Richard Brodhead recently announced the four recipients of the 2004 Presidential Award, the University’s highest employee honor. This year’s honorees are Susan Havrilesky, Kim Burrucker, Mitzi Scarlett and Sylvester Murray.

Havrilesky became the business manager for the department of neurobiology in 1989. Burrucker is the coordinator of the law school’s public interest and pro bono program, where she has been working for three years. Scarlett works in the division of cardiology at the Duke University Medical Center. Murray is the head cook at Duke’s Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C., where he prepares food for visitors, students and employees. He has been cooking at the Marine Lab for 30 years.

 Duke plans center on terrorism

Duke is collaborating with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Research Triangle Institute International to establish the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The center will be headquartered at Duke but use resources from both universities to develop and discuss counterterrorism strategies and policies for preventing future terrorist attacks. The center will connect the academic community with state, federal and international policymakers. David Schanzer, a government lawyer and former Capitol Hill staff member, has been hired to plan the center.

 Two Nasher hires announced

Nasher Museum of Art Director Kimberly Rorschach named Shaleane Gee director of development and external relations and Juline Chevalier curator of education.


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