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Duke Hires Retiring Durham Tech President

Posted May 1, 2007 2:24 p.m. EDT

— Duke University has named Durham Technical Community College President Phail Wynn to a new position overseeing Duke’s interactions with Durham and the local region.

Wynn will become Duke’s new vice president for Durham and regional affairs when he retires from Durham Tech on Dec. 31.

“Dr. Wynn knows Durham, the Research Triangle Park and our region as few others do,” Duke President Richard Brodhead said in a statement. “His community and regional leadership include many of the most active and important educational, business, government and nonprofit organizations in our community. Duke is committed to being an active and constructive citizen, and Phail Wynn is the ideal person to carry this partnership to the next level.”

Wynn’s new position at Duke will cover a range of activities involving Durham and the local region. He will work with city officials to accelerate economic renewal in areas close to Duke’s campus, such as on Ninth Street and downtown, and promote new collaborations between Duke and RTP. He also will advance sustainability efforts and play an active role in Duke’s interactions with local partners such as the Durham Public Schools, North Carolina Central University and Durham Tech.