Ralph Eads III T'81

Ralph Eads

Ralph Eads is Vice Chairman of Jefferies, LLC 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.  Ralph and his wife, Lisa, helped found the Metastatic Breast Cancer Center at Baylor.  Mr. Eads led Expectation Graduation, a program to keep high school kids in school, and served on the Board of One Goal, which helps underserved students complete college.

Ralph and Lisa reside in Houston, and have five children:  David M. Eads, Alia C. Eads Van Hoef T'12, Julia Eads T'14 and Fuqua School of Business ‘18, 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 Graduate and Professional Education and Research Committee and the Duke and Durham Today and Tomorrow Strategic Task Force.

Mr. Eads served on the Duke Forward steering committee, Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors, Trinity College Board of Visitors, and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy Board of Visitors.

August 2020