Lewis Duncan, the 14th President of Rollins College

President Lewis Duncan Steps Down after 10 Years of Service







In May 2014, Lewis Duncan announced he would conclude his presidency—the College’s 14th—with a sabbatical year. “President Duncan has been a strong leader for Rollins over the last decade, making substantial contributions and laying the foundation for our continued success,” said trustee Chairman David Lord ’69 ’70MBA, speaking on behalf of the Board. “As a result, we can have every confidence in our current strategic direction.”


During Duncan’s presidency, overall enrollment in the College’s residential undergraduate program rose, with expanded international student enrollment and new programs. In the last decade, Rollins fundraising also set new records, and the College’s endowment and capital assets grew to $450 million.


Highlights of the Duncan Decade: 2004-2014

Community Leader Presidential Award for community service and named an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus


No. 1 Regional University in the South Nine-time No. 1 U.S. News & World Report Regional University in the South, 2005–2014


Athletic Excellence Three national titles, 21 Sunshine State Conference Championships, and No. 9 national ranking for student-athletes’ academic success


Archibald Granville Bush Science Center & The Alfond Inn at Rollins Two of the largest construction projects in the College’s history—and the largest outright gift on Rollins record: $12.5 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation


Rollins Winter Park Institute An intellectual nexus for campus, community, and visitors such as Ken Burns, Billy Collins, Jane Goodall, Michio Kaku, David McCullough, Azar Nafisi, Paul Simon, and Gloria Steinem


Share Your Favorite Recollection

A celebration of the 14th presidency of Rollins College will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of Rollins magazine. We invite you to submit your favorite recollection of the Duncan Decade for possible inclusion in the online edition.

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