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Alec Gallimore Will Be the Next Provost at Duke University

Alec D. Gallimore will serve as Duke University’s next provost and chief academic officer, beginning on July 1. Since 2016, he has been the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He previously served the college as associate dean for research and graduate education and associate dean for academic affairs. He also was the associate dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

A widely respected aerospace engineer and plasma physicist, Dr. Gallimore founded and directs the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory at Michigan, where he and his team have made transformational contributions in the fields of space propulsion, plasma physics, and advanced probe-based, microwave, and laser diagnostics.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve Duke University as provost,” Dr. Gallimore said. “I look forward to working with President Price and our entire community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to cultivate collaboration and respect, fostering a more inclusive and equitable campus and world. Together, we can address the great challenges of our day, partnering with purpose to advance humankind, serve our communities and make a lasting, positive impact on the world.”

The son of Jamaican immigrants, Dr. Gallimore received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering with a focus on plasma physics from Princeton University.


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