Board of Trustees | Duke Kunshan University

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is Duke Kunshan University’s highest authority. It is vested with the power to govern and set policies at the university in accordance with the laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China and the university’s Articles of Association (AOA) and Cooperative Education Agreement (CEA).

The board oversees strategic planning, maintains fiduciary duties and is responsible for ensuring the university’s operations are consistent with Chinese laws and regulations, the AOA and the CEA.   

In addition, the board is responsible for advancing the mission of, and providing strategic direction to, Duke Kunshan; oversight of financial resources and other assets; selection and regular evaluation of the chancellor and executive vice chancellor; and approval of all policies and procedures.


Sally Kornbluth (chair)
Provost, Duke University

Fei Li (vice chair)
Vice president, Wuhan University

Xiaogang Du (vice chair)
Executive deputy chair, Kunshan Foreign Investment Association

Jennifer Francis
Executive vice provost, Duke University

Thomas M. Gorrie
T.M. Gorrie & Associates

Shaodong Zhang
Dean, College of Undergraduate Education, Wuhan University

Jun Xu
Deputy director, DKU Coordinating Office, Kunshan government

Youmei Feng (ex-officio)
Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University

Denis Simon (ex-officio)
Executive vice chancellor, Duke Kunshan University

James Dobbins (ex-officio; board secretary)
Associate vice provost, Duke University