Richard Riddell

Vice President and University Secretary

Richard Riddell is vice president and university secretary, serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees and functioning as chief of staff to the president.

Among his responsibilities are leading the preparation of board meetings, coordinating projects involving the president and senior officers, advising the president on a broad range of issues, managing the finances of the Office of the President, and overseeing the Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies.  

Previously, Riddell served as special assistant to the provost, where he managed university-wide interdisciplinary programs, advised on the arts and humanities, and served as a member of a working group that assisted the provost in developing the university’s strategic plan.

Riddell is the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Professor of the Practice in Theater Studies. Before coming to Duke in 1992 to lead the then Drama Program and now Department of Theater Studies, he was an administrator and faculty member at Harvard University (1987-1992) and the University of California, San Diego (1978-1987).

He is a professional lighting and scene designer, receiving the Tony Award in 1985 for excellence in lighting design ("Big River"). Riddell received his bachelor's degree from Knox College in Illinois, where he is now a trustee, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Academic Leadership

Dean, School of Medicine
Dean, Fuqua School of Business
Dean of the Graduate School/Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment
Dean, School of Nursing & Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs
Dean, Divinity School
Dean, Pratt School of Engineering
Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy
Dean, School of Law
Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Vice Provost, Faculty Diversity and Faculty Development
Vice Provost for Library Affairs
Vice Provost for the Arts
Executive Vice Provost for Finance and Administration
Interim Vice President and Vice Provost, Global Strategy and Programs
Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice Provost for Research
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
President & CEO, DUMAC

University Administration

Vice President and General Counsel
Vice President, Administration
Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Vice President, Student Affairs
Vice President, Facilities
Vice President, Office for Institutional Equity
Vice President and University Secretary
Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development
Vice President, Finance
Vice President and Director of Athletics
Vice President, Durham and Regional Affairs
President, DUMAC