DCID mourns loss of international development expert Dennis Rondinelli

Dennis A. Rondinelli, 63, a faculty member with the Duke University Center for International Development at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, died March 7 at his home in Hillsborough.

Dennis A. RondinelliRondinelli, an internationally recognized expert on international development policy, joined Duke in 2005. During his long, distinguished career, Rondinell wrote or edited 19 books and published more than 250 book chapters and articles pertaining to international development policy, administrative reform, globalization and economic development, public-private partnerships and private enterprise development. He carried out research in Asia, Central Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

Rondinelli also served as director of the Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America. He was a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration and recently was appointed to the 16-member international drafting committee for the UN's "Vienna Declaration on Building Trust in Government."

In addition, Rondinelli served as an advisor and consultant to the U.S. State Department’s Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Labour Office, the U.N. Development Program, and to private corporations.

“He only recently joined our community, but he was happy to be here,” said DCID Executive Director Jonathan Abels. “He made many contributions to our work through his teaching, writing and consulting. He came to us because he wanted to be part of a community that focused on development. We gave him that, and in return he honored us with his intellect, wisdom, humor and commitment. We all benefited from his presence, we will miss him greatly.”

Before coming to Duke, Rondinelli worked 15 years at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he held the Glaxo Distinguished International Professor of Management chair at Kenan-Flagler Business School, and directed the Center for Global Business Research. Previous posts were with the Research Triangle Institute’s Office of International Programs, Syracuse University, The East-West Center, Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin and the U.S Army. His time with the Army, during which he worked with villages in Vietnam, sparked his lifelong interest in development.

He earned his PhD at Cornell University in 1969 and his BA from Rutgers University in 1965.

Rondinelli is survived by his wife, Soonyoung Chang Rondinelli, and his two daughters, Lisa and Linda.

A memorial service in planned for 11 a.m. March 12th at Walker’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, N.C.