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UNIVERSITY VENTURES EAST
by Lauren Carroll THE CHRONICLE
Among hundreds of international ventures, Duke Kunshan University has emerged as the tour de force in Duke’s global expansion movement. Scheduled to open in July 2012, the University’s China campus has fueled steady conversation among faculty members, students and administrators since the project began to take shape in 2009. Although DKU has drawn criticism because of its potential risk factors, administrators who oversee the project remain confident that they are taking all the necessary steps to create a viable institution abroad. Administrators took a major step forward June 20 when they submitted an official government proposal required to open an international institution in China, Nora Bynum, director of global strategy in the office of global strategy and programs, wrote in an email June 24. This proposal is an operational plan for both the construction and potential academic programs at DKU. The proposal will first be evaluated by the Jiangsu Province Education Bureau—the province where the city of Kunshan is located,
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outside of Shanghai—before going to the Chinese Ministry of Education for final approval. The document was submitted several months later than administrators anticipated, as Duke originally expected to offer the proposal in March. Duke administrators hope that the proposal will be approved within the next few months, Bynum said, adding that DKU campus development will continue while the approval is still pending. “There is much to work on, in terms of academic planning, for example,” Bynum said. “Construction on the Phase One buildings and operational planning also continues.” Administrators have noted that although the proposal could technically be rejected by the Chinese government, they are confident it will be accepted. Although the Fuqua School of Business will be the first school to offer degrees at DKU— a Masters in Management Studies program to enroll students in 2012 and an Executive Masters of Business Administration to begin in 2013—academic planning is still in its early stages, said Fuqua professor Jeanette Song, a SEE KUNSHAN ON PAGE A-24
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Wagoner to begin Bovender, Rubenstein to term as BOT chair serve as joint vice chairs by Nicole Kyle THE CHRONICLE
Richard Wagoner, the former president and CEO of General Motors Corp. and Trinity ’75, assumes his position as chair of the Board of Trustees today. Wagoner, who was elected to the Board in 2001, served as vice chair of the Board since 2007 and was a member of the trusteeship committee and the facilities and environment committee, among others. Wagoner said his work on these committees, especially his experience with the presidential search, the 2005 Financial Aid Initiative and as chair of the Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors from 1998 to 2001, gives him an in-depth perspective and a good understanding of both the Board and the University as a whole. “Duke is fortunate enough to have a very capable faculty and administration, and it also has a very effective and highly engaged Board of Trustees,” Wagoner said. “All of us have been pleased with the progress we’ve seen with Duke over the last decade, and everyone is committed to continuing that, including close engagement with students, faculty and the entire Duke community” Some of the areas that will particularly capture the Board’s attention this year are the potential for a capital campaign, student life—including facilities and residential space—and further discussions on
academic programs, campus culture and student interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. A significant amount of development will take place regarding Duke’s international activity, particularly with Duke Kunshan University, Wagoner added. He noted that he is very pleased with Duke’s financial progress in the last couple of years, especially the University’s success in reducing its operating budget, which prompted significant savings. He also noted the University’s simultaneous commitment to investment and the state of the Duke University Endowment. “It’s good to see the progress in the Duke University Endowment over the last couple of years, in essence regaining the ground that was lost in late 2008-2009,” Wagoner said. “From that perspective, the University is in very good condition financially, but with the lessons learned from the recession, we need to constantly ensure that the University is running as efficiently as possible, while also investing in important areas such as enhancing our students experience, our faculty and our programs.” Fuqua Dean Blair Sheppard, who also serves on Fuqua’s Board of Visitors, said Wagoner’s life experience and multidimensional Duke experience makes him particularly suited to chair the Board. SEE WAGONER ON PAGE A-26
Duke in the Andes
by Lauren Carroll and Anna Koelsch THE CHRONICLE
The Board of Trustees has elected two Duke graduates— Jack Bovender Jr., Trinity ’67 and Graduate School ’69, and David Rubenstein, Trinity ’70—to serve as co-vice chairs. Bovender, the former CEO of Hospital Corporation of America Healthcare, said he will call on his experience as a Duke graduate and Jack Bovender Jr. hospital administrator during the coming year. He has been a member of the Board since 2007 and also serves on the Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors and the Duke University Health System Board of Directors. He formerly served on the Divinity School Board of Visitors, as well as the executive committee of the Duke Annual Fund. His son, Richard, is a 2008 Fuqua David Rubenstein graduate. Bovender said he is privileged to serve on a Board whose members have such a rich connection to the University. “Duke is very important to all of us, and
it was a defining moment in [our] lives and a foundation for all the things that came later in life,” Bovender said. “It’s an honor to be involved with the University.” As a long-time hospital official and a graduate of Fuqua’s former Masters of Hospital Administration degree program, which is now the Health Sector Management program, Bovender noted that he will provide a necessary perspective on the Board, especially due to Duke’s large medical system. “I’ve spent my life in hospitals at various [administrative] levels as well as a CEO of a Fortune 100 company,” Bovender said. “Health is a critical part of the mission of the University.” Nancy Andrews, dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said she has enjoyed serving on the DUHS board with Bovender because of his dedication to the University and its medical system. “He has a deep understanding of health care issues from his experience as the highly regarded chairman and CEO of HCA, combined with strong loyalty to Duke and tremendous integrity,” Andrews wrote in an email. Bovender said he believes the most pressing issues for the University are continued financial challenges leftover from the economic crisis as well as the task of SEE VICE CHAIRS ON PAGE A-17
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Duke University Health System continues construction by Melissa Dalis THE CHRONICLE
Medical students, hospital visitors and patients will see the beginnings of a newly constructed medical campus upon their return to Duke this Fall. The Duke University Health System has been working on new construction projects and expanding its campus since Fall 2009. The first project to break ground was the Duke Medical Pavilion, followed by the start of construction on the Cancer Center Spring 2010. Most recently, construction began on the DUHS’ new Learning Center, which is expected to be completed by late 2012. According to a document from DUHS, the Cancer Center is projected to open in February 2012 and the Duke Medical Pavilion will likely open in mid-2013. “We feel it’s very timely for these projects to be done
[because of] the need for the new facilities and the updating of the facilities,” said Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and chief executive officer for DUHS. “Our hospital and our medical school are quite old.” These additions to the medical campus are all part of a larger vision for DUHS. The three centers are meant to become the new hub of the DUHS campus, said Dr. Monte Brown, vice president of administration for DUHS and associate dean of veterans affairs for Duke’s School of Medicine. The two sides of the medical campus—Duke North and Duke South—are also going to be connected via a closed, air-conditioned walkway connecting the two main hospitals. Construction on the walkway will begin in November. Brown added that medical students also had a major role in the planning process of the three buildings. Students served on planning committees to help de-
cide and provide input on facility design, layout, placement and programming. This summer, construction of the Learning Center is in full swing, with meaningful progress ahead. The steel for the center will go up after July 4, Brown said, adding that there is now glass on three sides of the building. The Learning Center, a facility exclusively for the School of Medicine and its students, will include a 400-person capacity auditorium, as well as classrooms and simulation suites that can transform from mock exam rooms to operating and emergency rooms, Brown said. There will also be a student life center with areas for fitness, studying and socializing—a notable improvement because it will be the first area at Duke where all medical students can congregate. Dzau added that the Learning Center is the first medical school building of its kind to be constructed since its founding 80 years ago. According to the document from DUHS, the Cancer Center, will contain 123 clinical exam rooms, 73 infusion stations, radiation oncology, radiology services and a mammography suite. During the next two weeks, a facilities building will be demolished to make space for open garden areas that will be used for chemotherapy infusions at the center, Brown said. The Duke Medicine Pavilion will also provide more patient resources, containing 160 intensive and intermediate care rooms, 16 operating rooms, a patient resource center with a health library and private patient rooms with areas designated for family visits, Brown said. “We turn away patients every day because we don’t have enough beds, so our doctors and nurses are in desperate need of this extra capacity in order to take care of the patients,” he said. Costs for the three new facilities exceeded $880 million, as the costs for the Cancer Center, the Duke Medical Pavillion and the Learning Center are $235 million, $596 million and $55 million, respectively, Brown said. Funding for the construction came from DUHS reserves, a $300 million bond and outside fundraising. DUHS did receive a $50 million gift from the Duke endowment, $35 million of which has been applied to the Learning Center. The financial crisis has not significantly affected the health system’s ability to build, added University Architect John Pearce. “Duke has been very tactical in its project planning on both the University side and on the medical center side,” SEE CONSTRUCTION ON PAGE A-19
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New Duke University Health System buildings include a Medical Pavillion, a Cancer Center and a Learning Center.
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ith Dean Tom Katsouleas Q&A with Dean of Pratt Tom Katsouleas has been overseeing Duke’s engineers for the past three years. Also a professor and researcher in electrical and computer engineering, Katsouleas has seen the University—and its engineering students—through many different lenses. The Chronicle’s Melissa Dalis recently sat down with Katsouleas to discuss his experience as dean, new additions to Pratt in the coming year and advice for engineers in the Class of 2015 before they arrive on campus. The Chronicle: What’s your favorite part about being the Dean of Pratt? Tom Katsouleas: The fun thing about being dean is that you are the tip of the arrow for the school, including its students, its staff, its faculty, its alums, your professional peers at your peer institutions, the development donors [and] society at large—it’s just a really interesting opportunity to interact with really interesting people at all levels. TC: When did you fall in love with engineering? TK: My father was an electrical and mechanical engineer and always wanted me to be an engineer. He started by teaching me physics, and much to his chagrin, I actually fell first in love with physics. About the time that I was choosing a major in graduate school after finishing with a broad degree in physics, I realized that all the majors I was interested in were applied. I was interested in working on nuclear fusion energy, and I started finding that everything I was interested in was falling into the engineering domain rather than the physics domain. So it actually happened kind of at the grad school level that I realized that my true heart was with engineering, not just basic science, and so in the end I think my dad was happy. TC: How is Pratt unique from other engineering schools? TK: There’s a sort of a personality to the Pratt students. The two characteristics I’ve seen are kind of a broader intellectual curiosity and a greater desire to give back in some way, and those are sort of signatures of the kind of students that seem to be drawn to Duke
and to Pratt that sets it apart. The other thing is we pride ourselves on providing hands-on personal experiences for students, so 95 percent of our students… do either an internship or an extensive research experience with the professor of their choosing. We provide a lot of these extracurricular activities that are beyond the classroom—probably a greater variety of those than just about anywhere else—and our students participate in them in greater numbers. About a third of our stu-
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dents do an overseas program at some point, whether it’s a semester abroad, Engineers Without Borders or something like that—and that’s about 15 times the national average—so it’s quite a bit different here. TC: What do you think is the biggest difference between a Pratt and a Trinity student? TK: Both students are really the crème de la crème in terms of the best students in the country, and both of them are passionate about academics and yet still find time to do things like tent for basketball tickets. There’s a lot more in common than different, but [with] the nature of the rigor of the engineering program, I think the engineering students have longer hours and more lab time.... But hopefully, we make up for it by having cool things that we build and fun things that we learn. TC: Are there any new additions, such as faculty, to Pratt that you’d like to talk about? TK: At the end of this year, we opened a brand new machine shop for undergraduate students with extended hours so that students can do semester projects until all hours…. We have Desiree Plata coming from MIT, and she’s an expert in green manufacturing techniques…. From Italy, we have a new faculty member in geobiomorphology—an interesting area of civil/environmental engineering…. We have a new faculty member in biomedical engineering in cellular mechanics coming from Harvard…. In mechanical engineering, we have a fellow from Johns Hopkins named Omar Neo, who is going to lead a new program in decisions under uncertainty. TC: Where is your favorite place to study on campus? TK: [My office] Teer 305 or Twinnie’s…. I have office hours on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. in Twinnie’s, and it’s open to anyone—students, faculty [and] staff— anybody to drop in. That’s my favorite place really, because I have a nice cup of coffee and then people come
Tom Katsouleas, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, began his post in 2008 after leaving the University of Southern California.
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Bus system misses mark on ridership goal by Caroline Fairchild THE CHRONICLE
Last August, the University launched a unique project with a difficult mission: connect Duke students and downtown Durham with a new bus system. One year later, Durham and school officials are evaluating the success of the Bull City Connector program and asking themselves whether students are taking full advan-
tage of the free transportation between West Campus and the downtown area. The University agreed to cofund the BCC last summer in the hopes that it would encourage students to explore Durham beyond the usual venues. Phail Wynn, Duke’s vice president for Durham and regional affairs, said the University agreed to give $375,000 to the BCC after Rep.
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Despite offering a free transportation service, the BCC has not met its goals.
David Price, D-N.C., secured a $3 million federal grant to fund the new bus system. Although officials originally hoped the buses would serve approximately 2,000 riders a day, Wynn said daily ridership is roughly 1,500. And instead of Duke students, most of the riders appear to be locals, particularly Duke employees going to and from work. “I think we have a lot of work to do,” Wynn said. “I don’t think we have successfully conveyed to students the convenience of the Bull City Connector and made them aware of the Bull City Connector, so we have to work next year to make students aware of its flexibility and convenience.” Despite ridership falling short of previously stated goals, Durham’s Public Affairs Director Beverly Thompson wrote in an email that she still believes the service has moved closer to its initial goals. “While the ridership has not reached our goal for the first year, the service has certainly accomplished the goal of connecting Duke to downtown Durham,” Thompson said. “Now we just need to make more people aware of the details about the service.” Some students took full advantage of the BCC last year and welcomed its installment on Duke’s campus. Sarah Goetz, Trinity ’11, wrote in an email that while the Duke buses are convenient for most students, she found it difficult getting from her apartment on Central Campus to work at Smith Warehouse. The BCC not only offered her an easier way to get to work, she said, but also a way to see Durham from another perspective.
“I used it every day of my senior year cutting my commute from 20 minutes to two minutes,” Goetz said. “The best part about the bus, other than the time it saved me, was stepping out of the Duke community for a bit every day. Though the ride was short, I’ve had quite a few great conversations on the bus.” Junior Alex Swain, Duke Student Government vice president for Durham and regional affairs, noted that many students are unaware of the BCC’s advantages. Swain wrote in an e-mail that getting the word out about the service will be on DSG’s agenda for the 2011-2012 academic year. “Although the program is new, increasing student ridership of the BCC should be and is on the minds of the University’s administration because it is such a wonderful resource to students,” Swain said. “The Durham and regional affairs committee of DSG will be looking into doing our part to reach the goal of increased student ridership.” Specifically, Swain advocated incorporating the BCC into firstyear orientation programs and publications distributed by the Office of New Student and Family Programs. Incoming freshman Trish Ike wrote in an email that a free bus service would be a great way to see Durham once she arrives on campus. “We all come from different parts of the United States and even different parts of the world,” Ike said. “With this in mind, I believe having the opportunity to explore Durham will definitely give us students a broad exposure to different types of environments and commu-
nities that exist around us.” Wynn noted that Duke’s initial financial commitment to the BCC consists of a two-year contract totaling $650,000 in University funds. Working in collaboration with the city, Wynn said Duke is actively trying to improve the quality of the service and make Duke’s collaboration with the city worthwhile. “We want the second year to be a better year and for the numbers to get up from where we set our goal,” he said. “We are still trying to gather data about each of the pick-up and drop-off points... so we can reduce the wait time where there is more traffic.” Bus riders have ideas about how to improve the service as well. While the BCC allowed Goetz to experience parts of the city that would have been otherwise out of reach, she said adding a more frequent weekend service could motivate students to get off campus and into the Durham community. “If it could have extended hours on Friday and Saturday, and run at all on Sunday, it would give students an outlet for the brilliant food and music culture of Durham and tell them that it doesn’t end at the gates of Campus Drive,” she said. A world that extends beyond Campus Drive is exactly what Ike hopes the BCC will help her experience come this Fall. “I think that college should not be a world onto itself and everyone should take the advantage to explore the realms beyond campus,” she said. “I would highly take advantage of the free transportation system and explore Durham to observe the different cultures, customs and fun things I can embrace during my four years at Duke.”
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spoke with Steinbacher to discuss the vital role she and the Chamber play in Durham, as well as their future plans for economic expansion and innovation in the growing Bull City. Kelly Scurry: What is the role of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce? Casey Steinbacher: We are a memberbased organization. Businesses pay dues to support our programs. The Chamberâ€™s main initiatives deal with business development and community development. KS: How did you originally get involved? CS: I was recruited by the [Greater] Durham Chamber [of Commerce] from South Florida, where I worked with a chamber of commerce. I have worked in local government for 10 years and have a degree in urban planning. KS: Is the Chamber working with city and/or county officials on Durham redevelopment projects? CS: We are the official economic development organization for Durham County. We are the organization that sits across companies that want to expand or move to Durham. KS: What resources does the Chamber provide to help people build their businesses? CS: We have a variety of resources. We have the whole breadth of spectrum of business from small, medium, to large companies. Depending on where you fall on the spectrum determines the resources the Chamber provides. KS: Does the Chamber have any programs or initiatives that support youth
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of the Durham population. CS: We also have an African-American Chamber of Commerce in Durham [Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce] and a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Raleigh. We work closely with black organizations to offer entrepreneurship and networking programs. In addition to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Durham Chamber of Commerce works closely with El Centro and the Latino Credit Union to promote collaborative opportunities between organizations and business. SEE STEINBACHER ON PAGE A-19
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