Longtime Duke administrator Margaret Epps will replace Richard Riddell as secretary to the Board of Trustees and President Vincent Price’s chief of staff as of July 1, 2020, the University announced Thursday.
Epps was elected at last weekend’s Board of Trustees meeting, according to a news release. She currently acts as special assistant to Price and associate secretary to the Board of Trustees. She will succeed Riddell after he steps down from the position he has held for 13 years.
“Everyone who has worked with Maggie has quickly come to rely on her high level of professionalism, creative problem-solving, deep commitment to excellence and strong interpersonal skills,” Price said in the release.
Epps started her Duke career in 1999 and has served in senior administrative roles at Duke Health. In 2012, she became chief of staff to former Chancellor for Health Affairs Victor Dzau. After serving as staff director for Duke’s 2016 presidential search, Epps was named special assistant to Price in 2017.
“She is a critical partner to me, the senior leadership, the board and others in overseeing the many activities of the Office of the President, helping to organize and track strategic priorities and leading the staff,” Price said in the release. “The trustees share my confidence in Maggie’s ability to fulfill this critical position.”