Office of the University Secretary


The Office of the University 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.

Vice President and University Secretary University Secretary Richard V. Riddell 

The University Secretary, Richard V. Riddell, serves as secretary to the board and liaison between the administration and trustees.  He and his staff are responsible for preparing board meetings, recording the minutes, maintaining the university bylaws and other governing documents, and communicating with trustees.  The secretary is also the custodian of the seal of the corporation.

Dr. Riddell also functions as chief of staff to the president and oversees senior-level administrative searches and reviews and the Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies.

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

Duke University
Box 90030
Durham, NC  27708


Margaret Epps
Associate University Secretary

Wendy Hofmann
Executive Assistant

Laura Brown
Administrative Coordinator