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The Executive Vice Provost (EVP) serves as a critical member of the Provost’s leadership team,  providing strategic input on all areas of the academic mission and overseeing implementation of the Provost’s initiatives. The EVP also has responsibility for new program development and serves as a champion for teaching and research excellence throughout the university.

The Executive Vice Provost reports to the Provost.  The Executive Vice Provost will: 

  • Interface closely with the Provost’s chief of staff to help oversee implementation of, and progress on, the Provost’s projects and initiatives.
  • Provide strategic support to the university’s Academic Programs Committee (which is advisory to the Provost) by working with the chairs to develop meeting agendas and to monitor issues, proposals, and reviews. 
  • Provide guidance for the creation of new degree programs and the development of academic initiatives requiring faculty and/or Trustee approval. 
  • Direct academic unit space assignments, and interface with the Executive Vice President to advise on facilities and space more generally.
  • Oversee implementation of the strategic plan and ongoing strategic academic initiatives, including new programs delineated in the plan.
  • Work with the Graduate School on the coordination of program/departmental reviews.
  • Advise the Provost on any matters arising and represent the Provost in multiple venues, including with external audiences.
  • Work with the Office of the Counsel on legal issues pertaining to faculty affairs and the academic mission.
  • Together with the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, pursue innovations and problem solutions pertaining to faculty affairs more generally.
  • Convene meetings of the vice provosts or the school deans and advise the Provost on agendas for such meetings.
  • Champion and support institutional accreditation, assessment, and state authorization processes and procedures with the key assistance of an Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs or other accountable staff and stay abreast of contemporary SACS policies and procedures.
  • Supervise and interface with the offices of the Registrar, Global Affairs, Student Information Services and Systems, Institutional Research, Faculty Affairs Administration (jointly with the Director of Academic Human Resources Services), Financial Aid (jointly with the Vice Provost for Finance and Administration), and Admissions (jointly with the Provost) on matters arising.

In order to succeed in these primary tasks, the Vice Provost must be:

  • an intellectual leader among the faculty,
  • an energetic, organized, and conscientious administrator broadly familiar with issues in higher education and with Duke’s academic structure, trajectory, policies and processes, 
  • a person who possesses a global sensibility/perspective with an understanding of international and domestic research,
  • a strong advocate for Duke University and its teaching and research mission and an advocate for the institution’s priorities,
  • a strong proponent for a diverse faculty and student body, and 
  • a preeminent and collaborative University citizen.

This is 5-year term with possibility of renewal.

The search committee invites confidential candidate nominations, comments about the position and applications via email to Potential candidates should submit a cover letter, vision statement, and current CV no later than March 15, 2024. All submissions to the search committee will be considered confidential. 

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The Position


Dean, Fuqua School of Business

Reports to

Provost, Duke University


Durham, North Carolina

The Role

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University is actively seeking an innovative, strategic, and collaborative Dean to lead this distinguished institution into its next era of excellence.

Established in 1969 as the Graduate School of Business Administration and later named for industrialist J.B. Fuqua in 1980, Fuqua, though young among its peers, has consistently ranked amongst the top business schools. This success can be attributed to several factors—most notably, Fuqua’s enduring, future-focused innovation and its willingness to make bold bets. Fuqua has capitalized on its foundational strengths, including the impactful and widely acclaimed research conducted by its exceptionally productive faculty; the global platform provided by Duke University – one of the world’s most respected and well-known academic institutions, and the cultural DNA of Fuqua itself, its emphasis on teamwork and collaboration fondly known as “Team Fuqua.” Above all, Fuqua’s success derives from its early recognition that for business education to remain relevant, it must continually innovate.

As the landscape of higher education, business, and society undergoes transformative shifts, Fuqua aims not only to leverage existing strengths but also to cultivate new capabilities. The next Dean will be well-positioned to take on this challenge, as they will inherit a school with a strong reputation and values, stable leadership, and a strategically diversified program portfolio. From this foundation, the next Dean will harness the spirit of innovation for which Fuqua is known to ‘meet the moment’ in business education.

The Dean will ensure that Fuqua continues to be a leading school that both shapes and responds to the needs of business. To that end, success will require both strategic and operational excellence in managing Fuqua’s portfolio of educational programs, always with an eye toward protecting and enhancing reputation, as well as ensuring differentiation in a crowded education landscape. In leading and executing strategy for the core academic enterprise of the school, the Dean will build and continue to foster Fuqua’s rigorous commitment to the research enterprise, academic excellence, and scholarship for which the school is known, as these values are an immutable part of its mission.

For both its teaching and research endeavors: a key priority will be to take full advantage of the world-class strengths of Duke University by further deepening collaborations with disciplines and departments across campus. While the opportunities are many, both the Duke Climate Commitment and the Duke Science and Technology Initiative represent just two examples of the potential for broad impact Duke offers, and in which Fuqua can play an even larger role.  Beyond the University, too, the Dean will have the opportunity to leverage the unique ecosystem of the vibrant Research Triangle and the growing presence of many tech, life sciences, and finance companies and startups.

In doing all this, the Dean serves as the chief ambassador for the school and ensures its connectivity to various realms, from business to government to media, and of course to Fuqua alumni who span every major industry in principal cities around the world. Importantly, the Dean is the chief fundraiser supporting Fuqua’s mission, engaging a passionate and diverse alumni base of 28,000 strong.

Finally, success of these efforts relies on a Dean who continues to steward and exude Fuqua’s culture, values, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This responsibility includes engagement and leadership of initiatives within Fuqua and across Duke that seek to address issues of social equity; as well as serving as a recognized, respected thought-leader and champion for these values as they relate to business and society.

The Person

Pivotal Experiences and Expertise  

Fuqua’s success is a result of the collective efforts of many individuals, yet the Dean plays a pivotal role in ensuring the overall impact surpasses the combined contributions of individual efforts.  In short, the Dean establishes the path forward, and their leadership becomes the guiding force for the entire Fuqua community.  To capitalize on the extraordinary opportunities available to Fuqua at this moment in time, we seek a leader who brings a unique combination of skills, experiences, and traits to the role. 

Vision, Passion, and Innovation in Business Education: A big-picture thinker on how business education can impact the world in positive ways, with a track record of innovation and inspiring others to mobilize behind a vision. To that end, the ability to harness Fuqua’s appetite for bold ideas to chart and implement a differentiated strategy for the school in partnership with a diverse set of stakeholders. 

Stewardship of Research Excellence: A champion for the foundational role that rigorous, relevant research plays in business education and beyond. For candidates coming from the academe, this commitment would be demonstrated through a recognized record of publication, teaching, service, and industry impact. Non-academic candidates are required to demonstrate a genuine, palpable respect and enthusiasm for the importance of research in a business school, and an ability to foster and promote the research mission of the Fuqua faculty.

Track Record of Values Leadership: A visible, enduring commitment to Fuqua's values, ensuring a dedication to upholding diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of organizational management. The ability to foster and sustain a workplace culture characterized by mutual respect and appreciation for differing perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.

Operational Management: A track record of successful leadership in large, complex organizations, with a demonstrated appreciation for the nuance of leadership in an academic enterprise. Evidence of outstanding financial and operational management, and an ability to delegate and articulate clear direction and expectations. Strong people management skills, and the ability to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse and talented team who uphold a culture of trust and accountability.

Collaboration and Integration: A history of productive relationship-building with evidence of successful collaboration, including partnerships across the academic enterprise and/or with other sectors—always with an eye toward mutual benefit and leverage. A proven ability to promote interdisciplinary initiatives, shared resources, and an overall integration of the business school within the broader university community.

External Engagement and Fundraising: A cultivator of strong relationships with external stakeholders, including industry leaders, alumni, and donors to enhance the school's reputation and resources. Also, a demonstrated aptitude for leading fundraising efforts to secure financial support for strategic initiatives, scholarships, research projects, and infrastructure development.


The Dean holds accountability for a defined set of responsibilities at Fuqua. These duties encompass important aspects of academic leadership and administrative oversight. Here is a listing of the responsibilities of the Dean.

Intellectual and Educational Leadership: The Dean has a contagious passion for all aspects of the academic mission. The Dean safeguards and facilitates research and intellectual scholarship, champions intellectual innovation, and promotes a culture of excellence across teaching, learning and service.

Strategic Planning: The Dean is responsible for ongoing strategic planning for Fuqua that provides a long-range vision, specific strategies, and detailed administrative and fiscal provisions necessary for success. The Dean works both across the University (with the University’s senior officers, the Provost, and other Deans) as well as with Fuqua faculty and staff to develop and promote cross-school strategic initiatives.

Faculty Appointments and Scholarship: As the academic leader of Fuqua, the Dean is responsible for the recruitment, appointment, retention, promotion, and tenure of quality, diverse faculty. At all times, the Dean is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of scholarship among the faculty.

Student Experience: The Dean ensures an exceptional student experience in preparing students for business careers in a constantly evolving landscape, promoting a culture of academic excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Dean fosters an environment that supports academic integrity, career success, and global perspectives.

Budgetary and Administrative Oversight: The Dean of Fuqua is responsible for all aspects of the Fuqua’s budget, including the budget of all academic programs; facilities operations and planning; staffing decisions; fundraising targets; and operation and financial management of the JB Duke Hotel.

Stewardship and Resource Development: The Dean represents the University to important constituencies and is responsible for alumni relations, including stewardship of its Board of Visitors. The Dean has primary responsibility for articulating the development needs of Fuqua, manages the development team of Fuqua, and leads fundraising efforts.

Visibility, Connectivity and Relevance: The Dean serves as chief storyteller for the brand and is responsible for promoting Fuqua to all relevant constituencies, including prospective students, recruiters, media, private and public sectors, and alumni.

The Institution

About Fuqua

Duke University’s Board of Trustees established the Graduate School of Business Administration in 1969, with the mandate to provide management education programs of the highest quality. The school began with two programs, including an MBA program that graduated its first class of twelve students in 1972.  J.B. Fuqua, formerly chairman of The Fuqua Companies in Atlanta, Georgia, supported the school generously in its development; in honor of his contributions to the school and personal participation in its growth, the school was renamed The Fuqua School of Business in 1980 by proclamation of the Board of Trustees.

Today, The Fuqua School of Business is a premier international educational institution that exists to educate business leaders and to assist faculty in the development and dissemination of cutting-edge business knowledge. Fuqua is regularly recognized in public rankings, currently ranked as #11 of the Best Business Schools by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Fuqua School of Business offers four MBA Programs (Daytime, Accelerated Daytime, Global Executive, and Weekend Executive); two Master of Management Programs (Foundations of Business and Duke Kunshan); three online Master of Quantitative Management Programs (Health Analytics, Business Analytics, and Accelerated Business Analytics); a Master of Quantitative Management in Business Analytics; a Ph.D. in Business Administration; and various non-degree executive education programs and certificates.

Faculty drive research and teaching within eight academic areas, each with a rigorous commitment to excellence: accounting; decision sciences; economics; finance; management and organizations; marketing; operations management; and strategy. Fuqua has 111 voting faculty. The faculty are leading scholars in their fields, amongst the most productive and cited faculty in the world.

In addition to their prolific roles editing and publishing in academic journals, faculty contributions extend into varied realms, including the Duke CFO Survey and The CMO Survey, and policy development in health care and capital markets. Fuqua faculty also provide leadership for organizations ranging from the Financial Accounting Standards Board to the Food and Drug Administration to the White House Council of Economic Advisors to the B Corporations’ Standards Advisory Council, to name a few.

Fuqua houses four centers in the areas of energy, development, and the global environment; health sector management; leadership and ethics; and social entrepreneurship. Further, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, a partnership between Duke Interdisciplinary Studies and Fuqua, serves and engages the entire Duke campus in entrepreneurship and innovation-related education.

In 2022–2023 academic year, Fuqua enrolled 2,026 students across its diverse array of programs. Fuqua is known for attracting students focused on making a positive impact in the present and shaping the future trajectory of business.
Fuqua enjoys strong career placement outcomes, supported by its long-standing relationships with firms in key industries, including technology, health care, financial services, consulting, consumer goods, energy and the environment, and media, as well as a focus in the areas of entrepreneurship and social impact.

Fuqua boasts a strong network of more than 28,000 alumni, many of whom remain highly engaged with Fuqua. As one of the world’s most elite business schools, Fuqua relies on senior advisors from leading organizations globally to serve on its Board of Visitors and Regional Advisory Boards.

Fuqua’s facilities span a half-million square feet, consciously designed using wide spaces and natural lighting. Its facilities include the JB Duke Hotel, located directly next to Fuqua, a LEED Silver certified facility encompassing the Thomas Executive Conference Center and nearly 200 guest rooms.

About Duke University

Duke University, a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), is a global, research-intensive university, with more than 17,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, more than 189,550 active alumni, more than 4,100 faculty, and approximately 45,502 staff (inclusive of the Duke University Health System).

Duke consists of the following colleges and schools: Trinity College of Arts & Sciences; School of Law; Divinity School; Graduate School; School of Medicine; School of Nursing; Pratt School of Engineering; The Fuqua School of Business; Nicholas School of the Environment; and Sanford School of Public Policy.

Duke’s home campus is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, North Carolina, a city of more than 292,000 people.

Today, Duke maintains a $11.6 billion endowment (FY 2023). It maintains an aggressive giving campaign, with its most recent and largest ever campaign, Duke Forward, raising $3.85 billion over the previous seven years. Record giving by more than 315,000 donors and foundations helped propel Duke Forward past its original goal of $3.25 billion.


Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman’s College of Duke University until 1972, when the men’s and women’s undergraduate colleges merged. Undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Faculty and Research

Faculty at Duke produce influential scholarship across a wide range of disciplines and professions. Two Duke faculty members have received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Professor Robert Lefkowitz in 2012 and Professor Paul Modrich in 2015. Duke researchers have mapped the human chromosome and led research into the treatment of HIV and AIDS. Duke faculty also research pressing social issues, producing high-impact scholarship on such topics as election districting and public health. Faculty authors have written books of award-winning nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, and have won awards ranging from the National Book Award to the Pulitzer Prize. Fifty Duke faculty are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Duke University surpassed $1.39 billion in total research expenditures in fiscal year 2022-23 with more than $901 million in federally sponsored research spending. Duke’s Office for Translation & Commercialization (OTC) helped launch 15 new startups and 325 New Invention Disclosures were submitted. Duke faculty members were awarded 12,364 grants and authored 11,390 publications.

Duke Medicine

Duke Medicine, which includes the Duke University Health System, the Duke University School of Medicine, and the Duke University School of Nursing, combines research, clinical care, and education at many different sites throughout the region and beyond. Duke Hospital is the flagship of the broader Duke University Health System, which includes two community hospitals (Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital), affiliations with other hospitals in the region, community-based primary care physician practices, home care, infusion services and hospice care.


Duke has a number of notable athletic achievements. Best known is the men’s basketball team, coached by Mike Krzyzewski from 1980 – 2022. The team has earned five national championships. The women’s golf team holds the record at Duke for most national championships, at 7. Duke football has been played since the 1880s, when President Crowell coached the team himself. During the 1930s and 1940s, the football team competed in and won a number of bowl games, earning the nickname “Iron Dukes.” The Rose Bowl game of 1942 was played in Durham due to wartime concerns on the West Coast and remains the only Rose Bowl played outside of Pasadena, California.

Global Presence

International programs have expanded over the last several decades, bringing international students to Duke in Durham and expanding international opportunities for Duke students. In 2005, Duke partnered with the National University of Singapore and opened the Duke-NUS Medical School. In 2014, graduate programs at Duke Kunshan University began, followed by undergraduate programs in 2018. DKU is a partnership between Duke and Wuhan University in Kunshan, China.

Leadership at Duke

President Vincent Price

Vincent Price is the 10th President of Duke University, where he is also Walter Hines Page Professor of Public Policy and Political Science in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. A leading global expert on public opinion, social influence, and political communication and former editor-in-chief of Public Opinion Quarterly, President Price came to Duke in 2017. Since arriving on campus, he has turned his attention to the future of the university, developing a strategic framework focused on five core principles: empowering people, transforming education, building community, forging partnerships, and engaging a global network. He has also overseen a series of major new initiatives at Duke — including a comprehensive commitment to anti-racism, continued strategic advancement of the arts, implementing next-generation residential programs, investing in Duke science and technology, and broadening and deepening engagement with Durham and the surrounding region. Prior to coming to Duke, Price served as Provost of the University of Pennsylvania and was the Steven H. Chaffee Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he earned his Ph.D. (1987) and MA (1985) in Communication from Stanford University and a BA magna cum laude (1979) in English from the University Honors Program at Santa Clara University.

Provost Alec Gallimore

Alec D. Gallimore is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Duke University. Prior to his recent appointment at Duke (2023), Dr. Gallimore held multiple leadership roles over his 30+ year career at the University of Michigan, including the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for research and graduate education, and associate dean at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Gallimore is a leader in the field of advanced spacecraft propulsion and founded a laboratory at the University of Michigan that is developing the plasma drive system that may ultimately propel humans to Mars. His work has been recognized by lifetime achievement awards such as the Wyld Propulsion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Ernst Stuhlinger Medal from the Electric Rocket Society, and induction into the National Academy of Engineering.

He received his BS degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer (RPI), and his MA and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering with a focus on plasma physics and advanced spacecraft propulsion from Princeton. He is the author of over 360 publications, has worked at NASA, and has been the advisor to 44 Ph.D. students and fourteen master’s students.


Nestled in the heart of the Research Triangle, Durham, North Carolina, serves at the backdrop for The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where entrepreneurship, innovation, and high-tech industries converge. The city's thriving business community is a testament to its commitment to fostering growth and ingenuity. Durham stands out as a hub for startups, technology firms, and research-driven enterprises, creating a dynamic ecosystem that aligns seamlessly with the vision for a business school at the forefront of cutting-edge education.

What sets Durham apart extends beyond professional pursuits; it's also an exceptional place to call home. The city's vibrant cultural scene, diverse culinary offerings, and access to outdoor recreation make it an attractive destination for professionals seeking a balanced and enriching lifestyle. With its welcoming community and emphasis on sustainable urban development, Durham creates an environment where business leaders can thrive not only in their careers but also in the richness of life outside their respective organizations. Durham is a city that champions both professional success and a high quality of life, offering an unparalleled opportunity to shape the next generation of business leaders in a city that celebrates innovation and fosters a strong sense of community.

Nomination/Application Information

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Duke University will be assisted by Jackie Zavitz and Meghan Ashbrock of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc. Nominations and applications should be directed to:

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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