Verne Allen Duncan, PhD

Title: Dean, Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Portland
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States

Verne Allen Duncan, PhD, Dean and Professor Emeritus at the University of Portland, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

From the time he was a child, Dr. Duncan knew he wanted to pursue a career in education. Inspired by his grandfather, who was an excellent superintendent, he attended Idaho State University. In 1960, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, going on to earn a PhD from the University of Oregon and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Portland. After gaining experience at the University of Oregon and the Clackamas Education Service District, Dr. Duncan became the state superintendent of public instruction for the State of Oregon. He remained in this role until 1989, subsequently taking on the role of president for the Council of Chief State School Officers. Later, from 1989 until 1997, Dr. Duncan served as the dean and professor emeritus at the University of Oregon before presiding as the state senator for the Oregon State Senate until 2003.

Outside of his educational endeavors, Dr. Duncan served in the United States Army as a commissioned second lieutenant until 1958. He remained affiliated with the Reserves until 1989. Moreover, he previously served as the assistant majority leader and chair for the Government Affairs and Transportation Committees. As a testament to Dr. Duncan’s success, the University of Oregon named him an Outstanding Alumnus in 1990. In 1998, he was named Alumni of the Year by Lynford College, later going on to earn a Professional Achievement Award from Idaho State University. One of Dr. Duncan’s most notable achievements is having an elementary school in his area named after him. In his spare time, he enjoys sharing memorable moments with his two children, seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

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