President Brodhead Reaffirms Commitment To Duke Guiding Principles

Duke Guiding Principles established 15 years ago to guide efforts and actions


Dear Colleague,

As we recognize and celebrate the contributions of faculty and staff in May as part of Duke Appreciation Month, it is appropriate that we also recognize and celebrate the principles that guide the work we do together.

The Duke Guiding Principles emerged 15 years ago from an initiative established by my predecessor and the senior officers of Duke. These five principles - Trustworthiness, Respect, Diversity, Learning, and Teamwork - have served as the foundation for our efforts and actions since.

These values are more than just words. They represent the actions of more than 34,000 people who continually create the experience of Duke University. On the anniversary of their founding, I reaffirm our commitment to the Duke Guiding Principles and celebrate the extraordinary work that is done every day to bring these values to life for our students, patients, visitors and each other.

During the next five weeks, I encourage you to visit Duke Today Working@Duke to see some wonderful examples of how the Duke Guiding Principles are embodied through the work of our faculty and staff.

Thank you for your service and for making a difference at Duke.

With all best wishes,

Richard H. Brodhead