VINCENT PRICE NAMED DUKE UNIVERSITY'S 10TH PRESIDENT

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"As you know, Duke is a very special place - and this is as evident to an incoming freshman as it is to the longest serving staff member or the most senior member of the faculty."

-Vincent Price

Vincent Price

Vincent Price Named Tenth President of Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. -- Vincent Price, provost of the University of Pennsylvania since 2009, has been elected Duke University’s tenth president, announced David Rubenstein, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, on Friday.

In addition to being the chief academic officer at Penn, Price is the Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Price was selected by Duke’s Board of Trustees Friday morning. He will succeed Richard H. Brodhead on July 1, 2017. Brodhead announced in April that he planned to step down after 13 years as president.

Rubenstein called Price the ideal person to lead Duke into the next stage of its history.

“I could not be more pleased with this decision, for Vince Price has demonstrated throughout his distinguished academic career the type of strong, effective and enlightened leadership which will ensure that Duke has a worthy successor to Dick Brodhead,” Rubenstein said.

Rubenstein also praised the work of the presidential search committee, which was led by trustee Jack O. Bovender and by vice chair Ellen F. Davis, the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology.

“Jack Bovender, Ellen Davis and the entire search committee provided tireless and inspiring direction over the past several months, and the result is someone of whom the entire Duke community can be proud for his scholarly vision and executive leadership,” Rubenstein said. “Duke has been fortunate in its history to have had a tradition of gifted leaders and educators serve as president. As will be apparent to the members of the Duke community as they get to know him, Vince Price is certain to be within this long tradition.”

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On July 1, 2017, Vincent Price will become the tenth president of Duke University.

Price is currently the provost at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences. Before being appointed provost, he served as interim provost, associate provost for faculty affairs, chair of the faculty senate and associate dean of the Annenberg School.

As Penn’s chief academic officer, he has advanced initiatives to diversify the faculty, develop new forms of teaching and learning, expand Penn’s global presence, enhance arts and culture on campus, and facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching.  He led Penn’s role as one of the first partners in Coursera, the online open learning platform, and served as founding chair of Coursera’s University Advisory Board. 

He is a leading global expert on public opinion, social influence, and political communication. His Public Opinion (Sage, 1992) has been published in six languages and taught in courses around the world. His work has been widely cited on such topics as the impact of political polls, the effects of TV news coverage, and the factors that shape public opinion. His recent research conducted with Annenberg colleague Joseph N. Cappella and funded by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health has explored the increasingly important role of online discussion in shaping public knowledge and opinion.

Price is former editor-in-chief of Public Opinion Quarterly, the leading journal of public opinion research; former guest editor of both Communication Research and Political Communication; and an active board member of several academic journals. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Amsterdam, and he has delivered more than 100 presentations at universities and colloquia around the world. His awards for teaching and research include the Robert M. Worcester Award from the World Association for Public Opinion Research, the K. Kyoon Hur Award from the International Communication Association, the Nafziger-White Award from the American Association in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Award of Recognition from the American Association of Public Opinion Research.

Price earned a 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. He joined Penn in 1998 from the University of Michigan, where he was chair and associate professor of communication studies and a faculty associate of the Center for Political Studies.

EDUCATION

1987 Ph.D., Stanford University, California (Communication).
1985 A.M., Stanford University, California (Communication).
1979 B.A., Santa Clara University, California (University Honors Program, English, magna cum laude).

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA:
Present Provost, Office of the Provost, University of Pennsylvania.
Present Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication and Political Science, Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences (secondary).
2009 Interim Provost, Office of the Provost, University of Pennsylvania.
2007-09 Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost, University of Pennsylvania.
2005-07 Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Annenberg School for Communication.
1998-2004 Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication (2001-04, secondary appointment in Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences).

UNIVERSITY OF PARIS SORBONNE – PARIS IV, FRANCE:
2009 Visiting Professor, Center of Applied Literary and Scientific Studies.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN:
1995-98 Chair, Department of Communication Studies.
1993-98 Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies.
1987-98 Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research.
1991-95 Associate Chair, Department of Communication.
1987-93 Assistant Professor, Department of Communication.

UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS:
1995 Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Communication Science.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, STANFORD, CALIFORNIA:
1984-87 Research Assistant, Institute for Communication Research.
1985-1986 Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication.
1984 Survey Consultant, Public Affairs Office.

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY, SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA:
1984 Survey Consultant, Undergraduate Admissions Office.
1982 Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Theater Arts.
1981-83 Assistant Director of Admissions, Undergraduate Admissions Office.
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Penn provost and noted public opinion scholar to take office July 1
Penn provost and noted public opinion scholar to take office July 1

What People Are Saying

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“I could not be more pleased with this decision, for Vince Price has demonstrated throughout his distinguished academic career the type of strong, effective and enlightened leadership which will ensure that Duke has a worthy successor to Dick Brodhead.<br> <br> “Jack Bovender, Ellen Davis and the entire search committee provided tireless and inspiring direction over the past year, and the result is someone of whom the entire Duke community can be proud for his scholarly vision and executive leadership. Duke has been fortunate in its history to have had a tradition of gifted leaders and educators serve as president. As will be apparent to the members of the Duke community as they get to know him, Vince Price is certain to be within this long tradition.”

DAVID RUBENSTEIN

chair of the Duke University Board of Trustees
“Our goal was to identify a leader whose wisdom, vision and intelligence could sustain Duke’s remarkable progress over the last decade and help the university fulfill its great ambitions. Vince Price is that person. He is a transformative scholar, a dedicated educator and an experienced executive at a very complex institution not unlike Duke. His commitment to our values and to the mission of a great research university is inspiring. I could not be more excited to have him as our tenth president.<br> <br> “This was perhaps the most comprehensive and exhaustive search in Duke’s history. I am grateful to my colleagues on the search committee, who took their responsibilities seriously, and who made it possible for us to connect with many members of the Duke community, more than 100 nominees, 25 potential candidates and leaders in higher education across the country. We can all be proud of their work.”

JACK BOVENDER

vice chair of the Duke University Board of Trustees and chair of the 19-member presidential search committee
“Vince is very strong in all the areas the committee judged to be most important for our next president: He is a scholar of note, clear and nuanced in thought and expression, who has distinguished himself in leadership at several outstanding universities. Above all, Vince is widely known for his wisdom and deep personal integrity. All of us -- faculty, students and trustees -- feel both confidence and excitement as we anticipate his presidency.”

ELLEN F. DAVIS

the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology and vice chair of the presidential search committee

Duke students, faculty, staff and alumni are deeply engaged in the life of the university. The president will take the lead in maintaining and enhancing the vibrancy of the community, encouraging the active involvement of all constituencies.

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