Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health and Medicine

Gary G. Bennett, Ph.D., is the Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health and Medicine. As vice provost for undergraduate education, Dr. Bennett provides strategic vision and leadership for the many facets of the undergraduate educational experience, including academic, co-curricular, and residential aspects of Duke student life. Working closely with the president, provost, senior administrators, faculty, and students, the VPUE develops and articulates Duke's vision of a transformative undergraduate experience designed to prepare students to become engaged global citizens and leaders in the 21st century.

Dr. Bennett also oversees Duke's Office of Undergraduate Education, a division that delivers on Duke's promise by providing resources and programs for students across Duke's four undergraduate schools: Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Bennett was appointed vice provost in 2018.

Dr. Bennett is a member of Duke’s Bass Society of Fellows, a group of professors honored for both their excellent research and commitment to undergraduates. He is the founding director of Duke’s undergraduate major in global health, and has served on and co-chaired committees to examine Duke’s undergraduate curriculum, develop the university’s strategic plan, revitalize the undergraduate residential experience, and much more. His students’ course ratings have repeatedly placed Dr. Bennett in the top 5% of Duke’s undergraduate instructors.

Prior to joining Duke in 2009, Dr. Bennett served on the faculties of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 


  • Ph.D., Duke University  
  • M.A., Duke University  
  • B.A., Morehouse College