Provost Appointment

To the Williams Community,

It’s my great pleasure to share with you the news that economics faculty member David Love, whom we all know as Dukes, will serve as the college’s next provost. The board has now approved his appointment, which will begin September 1. Dukes Love

Dukes has been at Williams since 2003, joining us as an assistant professor after completing his PhD in economics at Yale. He has been equally active as a scholar and a member of the Williams community, serving his department and the college in numerous ways. He served as chair of the Faculty Compensation Committee in 2014-15 and as a committee member the year before, and in his time at Williams he has served as a member of the Faculty Steering Committee, Committee on Priorities and Resources, Benefits Committee, WEPO Selection Committee, Faculty Interview Panel, Faculty Review Panel, Sustainability Plan Development Group, the Mead Committee, and the Committee on Student Course Evaluations and Pedagogy. He has been a mentor to junior faculty and a faculty affiliate to the women’s crew team, and his department service has included several stints on its hiring and curriculum committees.

His research focuses on household savings, portfolio allocation, macroeconomics, public finance, and private pensions. Dukes has published in the Economic Journal, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics. He’s currently an editor at the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, and, in 2005-06, he was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Board. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan, and he served as a visiting faculty member at Columbia University in 2008 and 2012.

Dukes succeeds Will Dudley ’89, who in January will assume the presidency of Washington and Lee University. Will has served as provost since 2011 and will spend his last semester at Williams on sabbatical.

Please join me in congratulating Dukes and thanking him for agreeing to serve in this critical role in the senior administration. My sincere thanks go to the Faculty Steering Committee as well, for its thoughtful counsel on this appointment.


Adam Falk