Ralph Eads III T'81
Ralph Eads is vice chairman of Jefferies & Co., Inc., a U.S. investment bank, where he chairs the firm's global energy section.
Mr. Eads is a Duke alumnus with a bachelor's degree in Economics.
Mr. Eads serves on the Board of Trustees of the Baylor College of Medicine. He has a particular interest in education and serves on the Board of One Goal which helps underserved students complete college. He helped found Expectation Graduation, a program to keep high school kids in school.
Mr. Eads and his wife, Lisa, reside in Houston, and have five children: David M. Eads, Alia C. Eads T'12, Julia Eads T'14, Evan Eads T'16, and Matthew Eads T'18.
Mr. Eads was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2009 and is a member of the Human Resources Committee and Business and Finance Committee.
Mr. Eads currently serves on the Duke Forward steering committee and has served on the Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors, the Trinity College Board of Visitors, and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy Board of Visitors.