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.
A Duke alumnus with a bachelor's degree in Economics, Mr. Eads' Duke service includes past positions 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.
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.
His civic activities include serving as chairman of Expectation Graduation, a program aimed at keeping kids in school that was started by Houston Mayor Bill White. Mr. Eads recently served as a trustee of St. George's School in Newport, R.I., and has been active in the Nature Conservancy of Texas, the Houston Ballet, The Kinkaid School Foundation, and Small Steps.
Mr. Eads was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and is a member of the Human Resources and Undergraduate Education Committees.