Susan Carroll was named managing director of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center effective Wednesday, July 1. The change recognizes her expanded responsibilities at both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as her contributions to Rotary International.

“I am very grateful for the confidence placed in me by the colleagues who appointed me to this position,” Carroll said. “I feel lucky every day because I am doing a job I love with a wonderful team of people and amazing fellows.”

Carroll joined the center as coordinator in 2005 and became assistant director in 2011. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of international humanitarian assistance, principally working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In addition, Catherine Admay, visiting professor of public policy at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will serve as one of the Rotary Center’s new faculty directors. The other faculty director will be Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, associate dean for global health and associate director of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The changes came after an announcement last week that Francis Lethem and James Peacock are stepping down as Rotary Center co-directors. They will continue to serve on the center’s board for one year.

“We are very pleased with these developments which, with the help of the faculty and staff at both universities, should ensure that we remain one of the leading Rotary Peace Centers in the world,” Lethem said.

Other Rotary Center board members are Niklaus Steiner, director of the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill; Jonathan Abels, executive director of DCID; and Carol Allen and Serge Dihoff of Rotary International. 

One of only six such centers in the world and the only one in the United States, the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center promotes peace through a holistic approach to training future leaders in peace building and conflict prevention. Each year, the center funds five fellows at Duke University’s Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program and five fellows at one of several master’s degree programs at UNC-Chapel Hill. The center is funded by a grant from the Rotary Foundation.

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