Duke University announced it has named Yakut Gazi – a veteran educator and administrator – to the newly created role of vice provost for learning innovation and digital education.


In the new role, Gazi will be responsible for the development and execution of “pedagogical innovation and digital education strategies, youth academic enrichment programs, and continuing education and lifelong learning offerings,” according to the Duke announcement. She will also oversee the offices of Learning Innovation and Continuing Studies.


Gazi will start her new role on July 29. Currently, she serves at Georgia Tech as the associate dean for learning systems at Georgia Tech Professional Education, the university’s education arm and global campus.


“Yakut has a tremendously exciting vision for the future of teaching innovation, digital education, and lifelong learning at Duke, as well as a demonstrated commitment to building diverse and inclusive teams,” Provost Sally Kornbluth said. “I am confident she will be a creative and collaborative partner for faculty and administrators throughout the university as we build toward Duke’s second century.”


Before working at Georgia Tech, Gazi served as Texas A&M University’s assistant vice chancellor for engineering remote education. 


Gazi has also served at Texas A&M-Central Texas as an assistant professor and director of distributed learning and instructional technology, as well as director of instructional design. She also worked as a senior lead IT consultant at Texas A&M University in Qatar.


“I am honored to be joining the Duke community,” Gazi said. “The team I will lead is an engine for academic innovation, with a lifelong and global impact. We have a unique opportunity right now to shape not only the future of learning at Duke but also the future of higher education and talent strategy. I look forward to working with Duke’s faculty, staff, leadership, and the wider community, to enrich the learning experience and activate Duke’s global network.”

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