As Duke leadership responds to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, President Vincent Price has suspended the search for a new executive vice president for up to six months.
Current EVP Tallman Trask, who was set to retire in fall 2020, will stay in the role for the time being at Price’s request, according to a statement from Price that Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, provided in a message to The Chronicle. The move comes as Duke’s leadership works to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic and plans for its long-term impacts, according to the statement.
Price made the decision in April, when “the magnitude of the financial challenges ahead became clear,” Schoenfeld wrote in a message.
“I am very grateful to Tallman for his leadership and commitment to Duke,” Price stated. “We will be very well served by having his steady, thoughtful and knowledgeable hand on our financial rudder during this turbulent time.”
Price also thanked the search committee, chaired by Bill Boulding, dean and J.B. Fuqua professor of business administration for the Fuqua School of Business, for its work.
“Bill and the committee did an outstanding job identifying, attracting and engaging a very talented slate of candidates and I look forward to picking up where we left off,” he stated.
Trask declined to comment and referred The Chronicle to Price's statement.