Public Affairs and Government Relations Staff

Michael J. Schoenfeld

Michael J. Schoenfeld - Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations
michael.schoenfeld@duke.edu
Phone: (919) 681 3788
Schoenfeld oversees communications and advocacy efforts for the university and medical center and serves as Duke’s chief spokesperson.
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Donna Hubert

Donna Hubert - Executive Assistant
donna.hubert@duke.edu
Phone: (919) 668-1780
Fax: (919) 681-8919
Bio

Michele Wittman

Michele M. Wittman - Executive Assistant
mwittman@duke.edu
Phone: (919) 681-3788
Fax: (919) 681-8919
Bio

Senior Staff

Kristen Brown - Associate Vice President for News and Communications
k.brown@duke.edu
(919) 684-2823
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Office of News and Communications
 
Carolyn Gerber - Special Assistant to the Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations
carolyn.gerber@duke.edu
(919) 681-8067
 
Chris Simmons - Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
chris.simmons@duke.edu
(919) 668-6270
Bio
Office of Federal Relations
 
Doug Heron - Associate Vice President for Government Relations
doug.heron@duke.edu
(919) 416-8923
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Office of State Relations
 
Paul A. Vick - Associate Vice President for Government Relations
Paul.vick@duke.edu
(919) 416-8911
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Duke Health Government Relations
 

Bios

Michael J. Schoenfeld oversees communications and advocacy for the university and medical center, leads the university’s Washington, DC, center, and serves as Duke’s chief spokesperson. He is also a visiting professor of the practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy, where he teaches a course on media and politics.

As the university’s chief external affairs officer, Schoenfeld directs Duke’s local, regional, national and global communications, leads federal, state and local advocacy efforts, counsels the president and trustees, represents the university to a wide range of constituencies, and oversees crisis and issues management. Schoenfeld is also co-founder and chairman of Futurity (www.futurity.org), a multimedia consortium of more than 60 leading research universities from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

Schoenfeld previously served as vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, from 1997-2008. Earlier, he was senior vice president for policy and public affairs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Washington, D.C. He also held reporting and leadership positions at the Voice of America, including news and sports anchor, Congressional liaison officer, and executive assistant to the director, and served as the first director of program development at Worldnet, the U.S. Information Agency’s global satellite television network.

Schoenfeld is a member of The Seminar, the Arthur W. Page Society, the National Press Club, the Public Diplomacy Council and the Association of American Universities Public Affairs Committee. He is vice chairman of WUNC-North Carolina Public Radio, vice chairman of Hirondelle USA, secretary of The Triangle Community Foundation, vice chair for aviation of the Regional Transportation Alliance and serves on the boards of the Durham Chamber of Commerce (where he is past chairman), the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Midsouth) and PineCone: The Piedmont Council for Traditional Music.

A 1984 Duke graduate, Schoenfeld received a master’s degree in public policy from Stony Brook University in 1986. He and his wife Elizabeth, a writer and editor, live in Durham.


Donna Hubert came to the Office of the Senior Vice President in December 2002. Previous experience includes 18 years with the following Duke departments: Office of the Executive Vice President, FAST Track Project, Facilities Planning and Management, and the Central Payroll Office. A graduate of East Carolina University, Donna’s responsibilities include acting as the Senior budget and personnel/Human Resource officer for the division of Public Affairs and Government Relations.

Michele Wittman provides the Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations with administrative and event management support; manages the day-to-day calendar and travel needs for the Vice President; manages daily operational and administrative activities for the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations (PAGR); and serves as the main point of contact for the PAGR office. Previous experience includes 6 years with the Duke Nicholas School of The Environment as Development Program Coordinator & Office Manager, 2 years as outside event coordinator for the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke Liver Center, and 2 years as banquet manager with the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Michele is a graduate of Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.