Vice President & Chief Resilience Officer

Andre LeDuc UO Chief Resilience Officer

André Le Duc

Vice President & Chief Resilience Officer

André Le Duc's professional experience and area of academic scholarship is the development of high-functioning, intra-disciplinary collaborative teams and networks that focus on organizations' resilience. His area of expertise is assisting organizations to understand their vulnerabilities, adaptive capacity, and situational awareness to empower leaders, teams, and individuals to thrive in times of uncertainty and rapid change. 

Le Duc is the University of Oregon's first Chief Resilience Officer and Vice President for Safety and Risk Services (SRS). The mission of the SRS division is to collaborate with all campus constituents and the surrounding community to safeguard life and health and mitigate threats to the University's core mission of academic excellence, research, and public service. The SRS unit comprises the University Police Department, Environmental Health & Safety, Emergency Management & Continuity, Risk Management & Insurance, Campus Mapping & GIS, and Enterprise Risk Management Program. 

Mr. Le Duc is a member of the University Leadership Team chaired by the University President. He also chairs the University's Strategic Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance Committee. As such, Le Duc is responsible for facilitating enterprise risk management for the University. He established the first All-Hazard Higher Education Incident Management Team for the University and serves as the team's All-Hazard Type III Incident Commander. Le Duc served as the Incident Commander for the University's COVID-19 response, the longest incident activation in the University's history. He also led inter-governmental special event safety and security teams, which have been used to develop and operationalize public safety planning for large-scale events, including but not limited to: U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials (2008, 2012, 2016, 2021), 2014 World Jrs. and 2022 World Athletics Championships.

Le Duc is also the director of the Institute for Resilient Organizations, Communities, and Environments (IROCE), which links, leverages, and aligns applied social science research and resources to help organizations and communities adapt and thrive in the face of adversity. He also established the National Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Network, with over 2000 members covering an estimated 900 higher education institutions. 

Before working as a senior administrator for the University of Oregon, Mr. Le Duc served as the founding and executive director of the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR), an applied research center and coalition of public, private, and professional organizations working toward the mission of creating a disaster resilient state. OPDR is nationally recognized by the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI). 

Le Duc holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in both Physical Geography and Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. He is also a Department of Homeland Security FEMA National Emergency Management Executive Academy Cohort-1 graduate.

Mr. Le Duc also leads and serves on a number of regional and national boards: