Lofton, Thompson appointed to interim leadership positions for human resources and operations

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Antwan Lofton and Russell Thompson have been tapped to serve as interim directors of human resources and operations as part of a restructuring announced Tuesday by executive vice president Daniel Ennis.

Following the departure of Kyle Cavanaugh at the end of the academic year and a thorough review of Duke’s future needs, the portfolio of Vice President for Administration will be divided into two new positions reporting to Ennis, Vice President, Human Resources and Vice President, Operations.

“Our community’s consensus was that the scope of this role (vice president, administration) has grown to the point that the separation of these functions is warranted,” Ennis said. “Since the position’s inception 10 years ago, Duke’s workforce has grown significantly, while regulatory and compliance requirements, as well as the institution’s operational complexity, have also increased.”

Ennis added that national searches will be conducted for both positions.

Lofton currently serves as Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, and Thompson is Executive Director, Utilities and Engineering Services for the Facilities Management Division. They will assume their interim leadership responsibilities on April 1.

“Both Antwan and Russell are impressive leaders who are well known in the Duke community,” Ennis said. “They will work closely with Kyle over the next two months to ensure smooth transitions as we look to the future.”

In addition, Assistant Vice President, Communications Services Paul Grantham, under Russell Thompson, will temporarily assume direct oversight of the Disability Services and Parking and Transportation offices during the interim period.

Cavanaugh announced his retirement from Duke in January after 13 years. In June, he will become chairman of the administration of the National Basketball Association.

Also effective April 1, oversight of the Global Administrative Support Unit will be transferred to the Office of the Provost. This will align the university’s international travel oversight with Duke’s other academic and student support activities.

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