Richard H. Brodhead became Duke’s ninth president in 2004 after a 32-year career at Yale University. He also serves as a professor of English at Duke.
At Duke, Brodhead is focused on enriching the undergraduate experience and expanding the university’s financial aid endowment to ensure that a Duke education is accessible to qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances. Brodhead is active in Durham promoting K-12 public education, several new community health clinics, neighborhood revitalization through the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, and the strategic direction of the Research Triangle Park.
Nationally, Brodhead is involved with education issues through organizations like the Carnegie Corporation of New York, of which he is a trustee. He also held a presidential appointment to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Brodhead graduated from Yale in 1968 and received his Ph.D. there in 1972. He then joined the Yale faculty, and was the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English and American Studies before becoming dean of Yale College. An expert in 19th century American literature, Brodhead has written or edited more than a dozen books on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Richard Wright, among others. His scholarly work has been honored by election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.