Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is Duke Kunshan University’s highest authority. It is vested with the power to govern and set policies at the university in accordance with the laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China and the university’s Articles of Association (AOA) and Cooperative Education Agreement (CEA).

The board oversees strategic planning, maintains fiduciary duties and is responsible for ensuring the university’s operations are consistent with Chinese laws and regulations, the AOA and the CEA.   

In addition, the board is responsible for advancing the mission of, and providing strategic direction to, Duke Kunshan; oversight of financial resources and other assets; selection and regular evaluation of the chancellor and executive vice chancellor; and approval of all policies and procedures. 


Alec D. Gallimore (chair)
Provost, Duke University

Yufeng Yuan (vice chair)
Vice President, Wuhan University

Liyan Chen (vice chair)
Deputy Secretary, CPC Kunshan Municipal Committee
Mayor, Kunshan Municipal People’s Government

Thomas M. Gorrie
T.M. Gorrie & Associates

Mary Frances Luce
Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation, Duke University
Robert A. Ingram Professor of Business Administration, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Dan Wu
Dean of Undergraduate College, Wuhan University

Yue Zhao
Director, Duke Kunshan University Development and Promotion Center, Kunshan Municipal People’s Government

Yaolin Liu (ex-officio)
Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University

John Quelch (ex-officio)
Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University

Julie Barker (ex-officio; board secretary)
Chief of Staff to the Provost, Duke University

James Miller (ex-officio)
Professor of Humanities, Duke Kunshan University
Chair of the Faculty Assembly, Duke Kunshan University

Tianbao Qin (ex-officio)
Dean, School of Law, Wuhan University