Former Duke Provost Peter Lange will receive the Eileen Tosney Award for Career Service in Higher Education from the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA), the association announced last week.
The award, the AAUA's highest award made to an individual for career achievement, will be presented at the association's annual seminar in June in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
The association cited Lange for epitomizing "what it means to be a leader and to foster the highest of standards for his faculty and staff" and noting that Duke's reputation in higher education advanced nationally and internationally during his 15 years as provost. It cited several academic initiatives that launched during his tenure that "became mainstream activities of the university."
Lange, the Thomas A. Langford University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, served as provost from 1999 to 2014. During his tenure he helped launch several undergraduate education initiatives such as Duke Engage and the Bass Connections, while also strengthening the university faculty and developing new interdisciplinary projects such as the humanities labs and the Africa Initiative.
Founded in 1970, the AAUA promotes leadership in college and university administration and recognizes excellence in practice.