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Sanford Memo --Alumni Newsletter

September 2022

Dean's Message  
Dear Sanford Alumni and Friends,

At the start of this academic year, Sanford has so much to celebrate including a new Undergraduate Health Policy Certificate and the executive Master of National Security Policy program -- plus much more. Read the Dean's Message.
Judith Kelley
Dean and ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
MNSP video
Discourse for Democracy: Discussing our Right to Vote
September 13, 7:00 pm EDT virtual
Join a discussion led by Professor Deondra Rose and Paul Brathwaite MPP ‘93, JD’96, P’26, about the importance of voting to realize the promise of democracy for all. Details and registration.

Environmental Justice: Past, Present and Future
September 15, 5:30 pm EDT campus and virtual
Featuring Duke alumnus Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and Catherine Coleman Flowers. Details and registration.

Standing for Equal Justice featuring Bryan Stevenson
September 22, 5:00 pm EDT campus and virtual
Hear from Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy. Details and registration.
Homecoming - Donuts with Dean Kelley
October 1, 11:30 am EDT campus
Returning to Duke for Homecoming? Stop by for coffee and donuts with Dean Judith Kelley and catch up on the latest at Sanford. Details and registration.
Discourse for Democracy: Discussing Our Boundaries
October 4, 12 pm EDT virtual
Professors Abdullah Antepli and Kenneth Rogerson, along with James Burnet PPS ‘98, participate in this panel about fair and equitable ways for the nation to place limits on itself, its members and outside actors. Details and registration. 
Stay tuned for details about an event with Dean Judith Kelley in Charlotte on October 12 and a conversation with Professor Philip Cook in Chicago on October 26.  
To explore more virtual events, visit the Sanford and Duke Alumni Association Forever Learning YouTube channels. 


Thank you for the support!

Thanks to the more than 1,600 generous alumni, parents and friends who made commitments to Sanford totaling nearly $22 million last year, including $1.55 million to the Sanford Annual Fund. This fund supports ongoing priorities such as student financial support and faculty research. A heartfelt thank you as well to the more than 300 alumni who volunteered at Sanford this past year. Thank you to all our supporters!  
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New Faculty and Leaders

Sanford announces faculty appointments and leadership changes. Read more.

Board of Visitors Transitions and Thanks

Thanks to these eight members of the Sanford Board of Visitors whose terms ended this summer: John Baker PPS ’85, Alan Bernstein PPS ’86, Michele Farquhar PPS ’79, Anjali Kataria PPS ’93, David Leitch PPS ‘1982; Andy Rosen PPS ’82; Marcelle Rosen B.S. ‘85 and Jim Woldenberg PPS ‘86.   
On July 1, Sanford welcomed six new board members: Ginny Badanes A.B. ’03, Husein Cumber A.B. ’97, Caitlin Durkovich PPS ’94, Carl Ghattas A.B. ’90, Tiffany McConnell King PPS ’00, and Tonya Robinson PPS ’92, as well as recent graduate representatives: Vanessa Agudelo PPS ’19, Sierra Smucker AM ’15, PhD ’18, and Jackson Tufts MPP ’19. 


Alumni Profile:

Terrence Neal PPS'15

As someone who always liked reading and writing, enjoyed math, and had an interest in politics and government, Neal turned to Public Policy Studies and found he really enjoyed the classes. Since his graduation from Duke, he received his law degree, worked in international law and this month starts a new role. Read his story.


Best Wishes

After 10 years at Sanford, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations Susan George James is taking on a new role at the Duke Cancer Institute. She has been the architect of much of Sanford’s alumni relations programming and has served as the primary liaison to our alumni volunteer leadership. She will be missed! We will be recruiting for a new Assistant Director shortly, but in the interim please direct any questions to


Read the most recent alumni notes here.
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