President Lewis Duncan: Biography

Lewis M. Duncan was elected 14th president of Rollins College in March 2004. He is former dean and professor of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and was previously provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Tulsa.


President Duncan received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics and his master's and doctorate in space physics from Rice University in Houston. As a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow, he conducted research at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in Puerto Rico. He subsequently joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research scientist, and later became a section head in the Division of Earth and Space Sciences.


Following a year as a Carnegie Science Fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, he joined the faculty of Clemson University as associate dean of the College of Sciences. He was founding director of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium and remains a fellow of Clemson's Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs. President Duncan serves on the Florida Technology, Research and Scholarship Board, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and the Board of Trustees of the Winter Park Health Foundation.