André Le Duc has more than 20 years of demonstrated program development. Le Duc specializes in developing high-functioning, cohesive, intra-disciplinary collaborative teams, and networks that focus on organizational resilience. Le Duc’s professional strength is in helping varied organizations understand vulnerabilities, adaptive capacity, and situational awareness. Le Duc’s unique approach not only prepares organizations to respond to risks or crises; it allows organizations to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity.
Le Duc serves as Associate Vice President for Safety and Risk Services and Chief Resilience Officer at the University of Oregon. In 2016, he became the first higher education Chief Resilience Officer in the country. In his tenure at the University of Oregon, Le Duc has developed four new administrative departments: Emergency Management and Continuity; Risk Management and Insurance; Strategic Enterprise Risk Management, and Campus Mapping and GIS and combined two existing departments (Environmental Health & Safety and University Police Department) all under the umbrella of Safety and Risk Services.
Before his administrative appointments, Le Duc worked at the UO’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (formerly Community Service Center) where he founded and developed an applied research program the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR). OPDR is a coalition of public, private, and professional organizations working collectively toward the mission of creating a more resilient state. In 2005 Le Duc established the national Disaster Resilience Universities (DRU) Network, which currently has over 2000 members covering an estimated 900 higher education institutions. The goal of the DRU Network is to facilitate open communication, discussion, and resource sharing among university/college practitioners of all areas of expertise.
Le Duc has presented and testified at a number of U.S. Congressional committee hearings and White House events on disaster resilience, emergency management, and business continuity. Le Duc is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy - Cohort 1, established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a first-generation college graduate and holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon School of Planning, Public Policy and Management and a bachelor of science degree with a double major in environmental policy and planning and physical geography from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.