Office of the Secretary


The Office of the Secretary seeks to provide outstanding service to the Board of Trustees, the administration, and the university community that enables the board to perform its fiduciary duty at a high level, the administration to operate efficiently and effectively with respect to the governance of the university, and the university community to understand and engage with the governing board.

Senior Vice President and Secretary University Secretary Richard V. Riddell 

Richard Riddell is senior vice president and secretary to the Board of Trustees. He is a member of the executive leadership team and serves as senior advisor to the president and liaison between the university and the trustees.

Previously, Riddell served as special assistant to the provost, where he managed university-wide interdisciplinary programs, advised on the arts and humanities, and served as a member of a working group that assisted the provost in developing the university’s strategic plan.

Riddell joined the Duke faculty in 1992 and is the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Professor of the Practice in Theater Studies. Before coming to Duke to lead the then Drama Program and later Department of Theater Studies, he was an administrator and faculty member at Harvard University (1987-1992) and at the University of California, San Diego (1978-1987). He is a professional lighting and scene designer, receiving the Tony Award in 1985 for excellence in lighting design (Big River). Riddell received his bachelor's degree from Knox College in Illinois, where he served as chair of the Board of Trustees and is an emeritus trustee, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Secretary is located at 217 Allen Building. 

Duke University
Box 90030
Durham, NC  27708


Margaret Epps
Special Assistant to the President and Associate Secretary

Laura Brown
Manager of Board Operations

Wendy Hofmann
Executive Assistant

Asyia Mitchell 
Program Coordinator