George McLendon, dean of Trinity College and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Duke, will become provost of Rice University on July 1. McLendon, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was named dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2004; the deanship of Trinity College was added to his responsibilities in 2008.
Before coming to Duke, he served as chair of Princeton University's chemistry department. He also taught and served in several leadership roles at the University of Rochester.
Alvin Crumbliss, a professor of chemistry, will serve as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Trinity College for a one-year period. Crumbliss has taught at Duke since 1970 and is completing a term as dean of natural sciences. Officials hope to complete a search for McLendon's replacement in the spring of 2011.