BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University is pleased to announce the appointment of Denvil Duncan, Ph.D., to faculty chair of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program (HHSP) within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA). Duncan will assume the position through the end of academic year 2023.
“I'm very excited for Denvil to expand the great work that has already been accomplished through the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program as we help more students—and especially those from underrepresented populations—achieve their dreams through higher education,” said James C. Wimbush, vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs; dean of The University Graduate School; and Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership at Indiana University.
As faculty chair, Duncan will focus on developing and implementing a three- to five-year strategic vision for Hudson & Holland Scholars. Specifically, he will lead the long-range development of the effort’s future goals, working in concert with the core priorities of OVPDEMA to advance access, retention, and timely degree completion.
“The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program is the largest merit-based scholarship and support program at IU, with an alumni base of more than 2,000. These students are high achieving—and HHSP offers high-impact resources and opportunities to ensure they are successful at Indiana University and beyond. Denvil will be instrumental in this work and, just as important, in helping us formulate and implement a strategy that enhances both the value and reputation of HHSP,” said Yolanda Treviño, assistant vice president for strategy, planning, and assessment with OVPDEMA.
“Denvil is committed to high academic performance, diversity, and inclusive excellence, and will continue to help us build on these qualities for HHSP,” she adds. “His appointment is an opportunity to make a difference as an academic through work that may have an impact outside of the research realm.”
Duncan, an associate professor at Indiana University, echoes those sentiments.
“What we do today and within a course of four years is critical to new generations of students and to their ability to be successful,” said Duncan of his appointment. “I recognize the quality and impact of the existing academic and community programming HHSP offers and look forward to building on this success.
Duncan is an economist and serves as an associate professor in the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University.