Richard Hays

Dean, Divinity School

Richard Hays, the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, was appointed dean of Duke Divinity School in February 2012. He assumed that role on an interim basis in August 2010.

Hays came to Duke in 1991 from the faculty of the Yale Divinity School, where he earlier received the M.Div. degree. He earned a Ph.D. at Emory University.


Hays is an internationally recognized scholar of the letters of Paul and of New Testament ethics. His work has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s scripture.


His book, “The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation”, was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the 20th century. An ordained United Methodist Church minister, Hays has lectured widely in North America, Europe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.

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 of Arts and Sciences
Dean and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Vice Provost, Faculty Diversity and Faculty Development
Vice Provost for Library Affairs
Vice Provost for the Arts
Executive Vice Provost for Finance and Administration
Vice President and Vice Provost, Global Strategy and Programs
Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice Provost for Duke Kunshan University and China Initiatives
Vice Provost and Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
Vice Provost for Research
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

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