Tallman Trask III has served since 1995 as Duke’s principal administrative and fiscal officer. He is responsible for the budget, financial affairs, procurement, debt, campus planning, architecture, maintenance and construction, real estate, human resources, academic and administrative computing, audit, safety and security, parking and transportation. He is an ex-officio member of the Trustees’ Committees on Business and Finance, Facilities and Environment, Human Resources, and Audit. He also serves on the Duke University Management Company Board of Directors, and is an adjunct professor in the Program in Education.
Trask was previously executive vice president of the University of Washington, where he had similar duties and was also responsible for the university’s investment portfolio.
From 1976-1986, Trask held several positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, including vice chancellor for academic administration. He was responsible for the allocation and administration of academic resources (including faculty and teaching assistant positions) deans searches and reviews.
Trask holds an AB in history from Occidental College, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He serves on the Research Triangle Foundation Board of Directors and its executive committee and chairs its finance and investment, and master plan committees. He was elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in 2003. The American Dance Festival dedicated its 2010 season to him, and in 2013 he was named "Terry Sanford Citizen of the Year" by the Durham Boy Scouts.