Lewis M. Duncan is a founding member of the CASIS Board of Directors and currently serves as Provost of the U.S. Naval War College. He also serves as an Associated Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, supporting the global humanitarian missions of the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications (UNOSAT) program.
Duncan is internationally recognized as an accomplished research scientist in experimental space physics and radiophysics. He remains active in national security studies emphasizing emerging technologies, space-based systems, nuclear deterrence and nonproliferation, cyber conflict, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, and the ethics and societal implications of technology.
The U.S. Naval War College stands as the oldest and preeminent advanced military education school in the world, educating and developing future military leaders. As Provost, Dean of the Faculty, and highest ranking civilian administrator, Duncan serves as the College’s chief operating officer, overseeing the continuum of professional military education programs, residential, distant and online, as well as operational administration of the institution.
Earlier in his career, Duncan held a rising progression of administrative, academic, and research positions. He formerly served for 10 years as President of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. With an applied liberal education mission, Rollins consists of residential liberal arts and professional studies colleges, a nontraditional student evening and online school, a graduate school of business, and a college of lifelong learning. For the last nine consecutive years of Duncan’s presidency, Rollins was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 university in the South in its Carnegie classification. Additionally, Duncan founded the multi-institution “New Paradigm Initiative” promoting cooperative blended distance learning and was selected to the editorial board of International Educator.
Duncan also previously served as Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering and Professor of Engineering Sciences at Dartmouth College, where he continues to guest lecture every year on emerging technologies. While at Dartmouth, he established the Institute for Security Technology Studies, the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, and the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center. Earlier in his career, he held appointments as Professor of Engineering Physics, Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Provost and Acting President of the University of Tulsa; Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Physics in the College of Sciences at Clemson University, and founding Director of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium. He began his career as a research scientist and section head at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the division of Earth and space science.
Duncan received his B.A. (1973) in physics and mathematics and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1977) in space physics, all from Rice University. Among his past honors, he received the Alan Berman Award from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and was elected a Lifetime Fellow of the Dartmouth Society of Engineers. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.