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2018 Leader: Vincent Price

In the first year of his presidency, Vincent Price has already made a mark on Durham and the Duke community. 

Prior to coming to Duke, Price served as provost at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the Steven H. Chaffee professor of communication and a professor of political science. Now, in addition to serving as the 10th president of the University, he is the Walter Hines Page professor of public policy and political science.

The school year began with Price's decision to remove the controversial Robert E. Lee statue from the Chapel's entrance in mid-August and the establishment of the Commission on Memory and History two weeks later.

Only a few weeks after this action, Price made a show of support to students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program when he sent a letter to the White House, in which he urged President Donald Trump not to repeal or undermine DACA.

During the first three months of his presidency, he announced his decision to increase the minimum wage of Duke employees from $13 to $15 by 2019.

In the fall, Price also released a statement that expressed Duke's opposition to the newest tax plan, reassuring graduate students that the University will continue to fight against legislative proposals that threaten its values.

Editor's Note: This profile is part of our new initiative called The Chronicle 18. We are highlighting 18 people and groups who are defining what it means to be at Duke this year. Read about the project and more of our selections.


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