Office of the Vice Provost

Office of the Vice Provost


The Division of Student Affairs is critically engaged in all aspects of students’ lives and collaborates with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and many others in the delivery of key services and support to students and all whom the Division serves.

Student Affairs provides programs and services that support the optimal growth of Duke students, enhance their intellectual, social, cultural and physical development, and complement Duke’s academic excellence by providing opportunities for students to experience education and explore interests beyond the classroom.

Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs


 As the chief student affairs officer at Duke, Mary Pat McMahon is directly involved in decisions that shape the undergraduate and graduate student experience, including responsibility for residential and dining services, student wellness services, specialized services for parents/families and student veterans, as well as other student-directed services such as student extracurricular support and the university’s identity and cultural centers. McMahon is a proven leader in student affairs, and is committed to student development, team leadership and building strong community, academic and student partnerships.

Before coming to Duke in July 2019, McMahon was dean of student affairs at Tufts University’s Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. There, she was broadly responsible for fostering meaningful growth and connection in students’ co-curricular experience, coordinating developmental, leadership and health and safety resources for students.

Prior to Tufts, McMahon served as associate dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College, where she helped develop a highly regarded residential learning program, oversaw the first-year experience, provided academic and personal advising to students and offered guidance for the judicial and sexual misconduct board hearing processes. 

Previously, McMahon was associate director of doctoral programs at New York University and assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale University. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Yale University and a master of science degree in history of international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Recent Messages Sent to Students


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March 2021

March 8, COVID increase in undergraduate population, including the Class of 2024

March 5, Important reminders about days off next week

February 2021

February 25, Campus Housing for 2021-2022, additional information

February 20, Off-campus gathering in violation of COVID-19 expectations

February 17, Campus Housing for 2021-2022

February 2, Action required: important undergrad COVID-19 update

January 2021

January 28, Important news about Duke’s Summer 2021 plans

January 25, Reminder on Student Sexual Misconduct Resources and Reporting Options; Policy Comment Period Opens Today

January 13, You're invited! BCAP Town Hall

January 6, On the events in Washington, and a reminder of resources

December 2020

December 18, Pre-arrival testing and entry information for undergraduates

December 14, ICYMI: Next Gen 2.0 Town Hall recording and how to get involved

December 8, Next Gen 2.0 Student Town Hall

November 2020

November 19, Announcing Duke’s Next Gen Living & Learning 2.0 Efforts

November 6, Exit testing from campus/Durham, departure registration, and other end-of-semester updates

October 2020

October 29, Don't give each other COVID. Yep, that's it.

October 1, Spring 2021 housing information

September 2020

September 29, Updates on our commitment to tangible action and partnership

September 9, Update on Duke Policies around Student Sexual Misconduct, Including Title IX

August 2020

August 30, The time is now: 2020 national election season

August 18, COVID updates, Compact compliance, and enlisting your help

August 13, Pool testing for undergrad students

June 2020

June 30, Additional information for undergraduates regarding return to campus

June 23, Student input in fall plans

June 8, Help with Duke’s planning efforts for this academic year

June 4, John Blackshear named Duke's dean of students

June 2, Mentoring Program for Our First-Years

June 2, A Request for You

June 1, A commitment to tangible action and partnership

May 2020

May 20, Survey: Understanding college students' needs during COVID-19 pandemic

May 14, Summer opportunities for you to keep exploring