David L. Kennedy joined Duke University in July 2018 as vice president for alumni affairs and development. Kennedy directs the university’s central development office and provides overall leadership for fundraising efforts of Duke’s schools, units and Duke Health to identify and secure private philanthropy to support operations and strategic priorities. He also oversees the Duke Alumni Association, which connects more than 167,000 Duke graduates around the world with the university and each other.
Prior to working at Duke, Kennedy was senior associate vice president for development at Stanford University for nine years. He also spent eight years as associate dean for development at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Earlier in his career, Kennedy worked in Stanford Athletics, advertising, executive search, and in an internet startup.
A Stanford University undergraduate alumnus, Kennedy also served as Chair of the YMCA of Silicon Valley.