Larry Moneta, the vice president for student affairs at Duke University since 2001, will retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.
“When I came to Duke 17 years ago, I never expected that I would complete my student affairs career here, and I’m so very grateful to have had the opportunity to do so,” said Moneta. “I’ve had the good fortune to be surrounded by extraordinary colleagues and equally extraordinary students, and I’m so very proud of what we have accomplished together to make the student experience at Duke so fulfilling and transformative. After 45 years of working on a college campus, though, my list of unfinished projects remains as long today as when I started.”
Moneta oversees a wide range of services and programs that support undergraduate, graduate and professional students and university life, including housing, dining, health and wellness, career services, student activities and cultural centers.
“Larry has turned Duke into a national leader in nearly every aspect of student life,” said President Vincent E. Price. “We have all benefited from Larry’s wisdom, boundless energy, commitment to diversity and inclusion, deep compassion and concern for the success of our students. He’s been a key advocate for Duke who also brings comfort and support to our community in the most difficult of situations. We are all grateful for his service and look forward to celebrating his countless contributions to our students, our university and the community.”
Under Moneta’s leadership, Duke has made significant improvements in promoting student wellness, creating new social, meeting and living spaces and expanding student dining options.
Moneta oversaw the opening of a new Student Wellness Center in 2017 that united Duke’s health and wellness departments in one location. He also led the multi-year renovation of the Brodhead Center, where a dozen local restaurants are housed; Duke’s student dining services has recently received top rankings by several publications. Nearly all of Duke’s student residences have received significant upgrades during his tenure, and new residence halls have been constructed on West and East Campuses. Moneta has also spearheaded the creation of innovative programs in such areas as the arts, diversity, career planning and counseling.
Moneta came to Duke from the University of Pennsylvania, where he had been the associate vice president for student affairs. He now holds adjunct faculty appointments in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, at North Carolina State University and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where he teaches and advises doctoral students in the Higher Education Executive Doctorate Program. He has written numerous publications, is a frequent public speaker and served as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) in 2009.
A national search for Moneta’s successor will begin in the fall, Price said.