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Executive Director

Julie Barker is the executive director of the Duke Office of DKU Relations at Duke University. She provides strategic leadership and oversight of the administration and operations of the collaboration between Duke University and DKU. Additionally, Julie serves as Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chancellor for DKU and as Trustee of the DKU Board of Trustees.

Julie’s career in higher education has spanned almost three decades and includes extensive international experience. Prior to joining Duke in 2015, she served as chief operating officer at Texas A&M University's branch campus in Qatar, where she oversaw campus operations and administration. In this position, she was responsible for finance, budget and reporting, human resources, facilities and health, safety, security and environment (HSSE), information technology, marketing and communication, events and visitor relations.  Previously, she was assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Division of Research at Texas A&M’s main campus in the United States. She oversaw administrative activities, communications, information technology, and a variety of special projects. Julie also coordinated all international activities for the division with a focus on Asia, Latin America and Qatar. She played a principal role in organizing a major biennial conference series between 2002 and 2009 focused on US-China relations for the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

She has a longstanding interest in China and has been traveling there since the mid-1980s, both privately and professionally. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M and an Executive MBA from HEC-Paris in Qatar.