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Richard H. Brodhead
President, Duke University

Richard Brodhead, who became Duke's ninth president on July 1, 2004, has focused much of his leadership on enriching the undergraduate experience of Duke students and expanding the university's financial aid endowment to ensure that a Duke education is accessible to all qualified students. He has called for Duke to become an international center in addressing health care inequities through a major global health initiative involving faculty and schools across the university, and has championed Dukes efforts to bring the fruits of faculty and student research through a translational process to serve society. Brodhead has also been active in Durham promoting K-12 public education, several new community health clinics, and neighborhood revitalization through the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership.

Nationally, Brodhead has been involved with education issues through the Business-Higher Education Forum and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has also held a Presidential appointment to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Born in Dayton, Brodhead received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1972, and then joined its faculty. After serving as chair of Yales Department of English for six years, Brodhead was named dean of Yale College in 1993. An expert in 19-century American literature, Brodhead has written or edited more than a dozen books. His scholarly work has been honored by election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he won the DeVane Medal for outstanding teaching.

Brodhead was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in May 2006 and received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing in June 2006; this is only the ninth honorary degree to be awarded to a non-Chinese person at Tsinghua, the second to a foreign university leader, and the first to a humanist.
November 13, 2006