Richard “Stick” Williams will retire at year’s end as the top philanthropy executive for Duke Energy.
Williams, 62, is a Duke vice president who oversees the Duke Energy Foundation. Last year, the foundation donated $26.5 million to nonprofits and educational institutions in the Carolinas and four other states Duke serves.
In his 36-year Duke career, Williams has also served as a senior vice president of environment, health and safety; vice president of diversity and employee development; general manager of business and community relations; and manager of investor relations.
Williams is a past chairman of the board of UNC-Chapel Hill and is co-chair of Project LIFT, a $55 million initiative to improve opportunities for disadvantaged students in west Charlotte.
“His big heart and strong commitment to community service have benefited thousands of children and adults, especially those most in need,” said Jennifer Weber, Duke’s executive vice president of external affairs and strategic policy.
Shawn Heath, vice president of sustainability, will replace Williams.