DURHAM — Duke University has named a 20-year faculty member, cell biologist and medical school administrator as its chief academic officer.
The university announced Monday that Sally Kornbluth will succeed Peter Lange as provost. Her appointment was approved during a weekend meeting of the schools board of trustees. Lange is stepping down June 30 after 15 years in the job.
Kornbluth is the James B. Duke professor in pharmacology and cancer biology and vice dean for basic science at Dukes medical school. She was chosen after a national search for Langes successor.
As provost, she will oversee the universitys academic enterprise, including the various schools and institutes, along with libraries, financial aid and admissions.
Kornbluth started as a Duke faculty member in 1994 and has been a vice dean at the medical school since 2006. In that role she oversees biomedical graduate programs and research facilities and also works on faculty recruitment and retention. She has won several faculty and mentoring awards at Duke.
Her roots are in the liberal arts. Kornbluth has undergraduate degrees in political science from Williams College and genetics from Cambridge University in England. She received a doctorate in molecular oncology from Rockefeller University. She did postdoctoral training at the University of California San Diego.
Her research seeks to understand cancer and other diseases through identifying biological signals that lead cells to divide or self-destruct. Her husband, Danny Lew, is also a professor of pharmacology and cancer biology at Duke.
Duke President Richard Brodhead said in a news release that Kornbluth has won high praise for her administrative gifts as a creative problem solver in service of academic excellence. She combines a deep love of Duke with keen intelligence about the challenges facing higher education.