Rick Johnson hired at Duke

Dec. 3—Rick Johnson has been named assistant vice president of housing and dining services at Duke University in Durham, N.C, Duke officials announced Dec 2. He will assume his new post Jan 31.

Johnson will be occupying a new position for Duke, which combines dining services, housing and residence life. For the past 15 years, Johnson had previously been director of housing and dining services at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg.

"It's a brand new position and a brand new challenge," Johnson said in a press release. "Grouping these units together is the perfect combination to serve students well. There are great synergies among these areas that we can use to everyone's advantage. Duke is a world-class institution. The whole experience needs to be world class and that includes dining, housing and residence life. I look forward to working with the many talented people at Duke whose foremost commitment is the well-being of the students."

Johnson holds a B.A. in history from the College of William and Mary, and an MBA in management from Averett University.

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