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William M. LeFevre

Board Position 
Past President

Bill LeFevre is executive director of Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University. His education includes a B.S. in Landscape Design from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. in Public Horticulture Administration as a fellow in the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware.

Since being named as Duke Gardens’ first full-time director in 2007, the Gardens have completed over $10,000,000 in capital projects including the Durham Toyama Sister Cities Pavilion and Japanese Garden in the Asiatic Arboretum, relocation of the century-old Roney Fountain from East Campus to the re-designed Mary Duke Biddle Rose Garden and completion of the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, a pilot project of the national Sustainable Sites Initiative.

In 2013, the Gardens was named one of the top 10 public gardens in the country by and received Horticulture Magazine’s Award for Garden Excellence from the American Public Gardens Association.

Bill previously served as executive director of the John Bartram Association at Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, established by botanist, naturalist, and explorer John Bartram in 1728, and managed Philadelphia’s Parks Revitalization Project at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society following a successful career in commercial landscape construction and service in the United States Navy as a carrier-based air traffic controller.