André Le Duc is the director of the Institute for Resilient Organizations, Communities, and Environments, 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 Network, with over 2000 members covering an estimated 900 higher education institutions.
Mr 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 missions of academic excellence, research, and public service. The SRS unit comprises the University Police Department, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Continuity, Risk Management and Insurance, Campus Mapping and GIS, and Enterprise Risk Management Program.
Mr. Le Duc is a member of the University Leadership Team chaired by the university president. He also chair's 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 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 US Olympic Track and Field Trails (2008, 2012, 2016, 2021), National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships (2014), and World Athletics Championships (2022).
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 a mission of creating a disaster resilient state. OPDR is nationally recognized by the Institute for Business and Home Safety and Public Entity Risk Institute.
Le Duc holds a master of science in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon and a bachelor of science 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.