Lewis M. Duncan currently serves as Provost of the U.S. Naval War College. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, responsible for management of the U.S. National Laboratory of the International Space Station. He also is an Associated Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, supporting the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Technology (UNOSAT) program.
Dr. Duncan is internationally recognized as an accomplished research scientist in experimental space physics and radiophysics, and as a leading scholar in study of the societal and ethical implications of emerging technologies. He also remains active in the field of international security studies, participates in national science and technology policy discussions, and is a frequent contributor on issues of higher education strategic change, technology-assisted student-centered learning, and STEM educational reform.
The Naval War College stands as the preeminent advanced military education school in the world, emphasizing the applied principles of strategic leadership and professional ethics. As Provost, Dr. Duncan serves as the College’s chief operating officer, overseeing the continuum of professional military education programs, residential and online, as well as operational administration of the institution.
Previously, Dr. Duncan served for ten years as President of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. With an applied liberal education mission, Rollins is comprised of residential liberal arts and professional studies colleges, a nontraditional student evening and online school, a graduate school of business, and a college of lifelong learning. For the last nine consecutive years of Dr. Duncan’s presidency, Rollins was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 university in the South in its Carnegie classification. Additionally, Dr. Duncan also founded the multi-institution “New Paradigm Initiative” promoting cooperative blended distance learning, and served on the advisory board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education and the editorial board of International Educator.
Dr. Duncan also previously served as Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering and Professor of Engineering Sciences at Dartmouth College, where he continues to guest lecture every year. While at Dartmouth, he established the Institute for Security Technology Studies, the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, and the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center. Earlier in his career, he held a rising progression of academic and research positions, including appointments as Professor of Engineering Physics, Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Provost and Acting President of the University of Tulsa; as Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Physics in the College of Sciences at Clemson University, and founding Director of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium; as a Carnegie Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation; as a research scientist and section head in the Division of Earth and Space Sciences at the Los Alamos National Laboratory; and as a National Science Foundation Energy-Related Postdoctoral Fellow.
Dr. Duncan received his B.A. (1973) in physics and mathematics, and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1977) in space physics, all from Rice University. Among his past honors, he received the Alan Berman Award from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and was elected a Lifetime Fellow of the Dartmouth Society of Engineers. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.