President Richard H. Brodhead

Duke University

Richard H. Brodhead is the ninth President of Duke University and the William Preston Few Professor of English. He is a scholar of nineteenth-century American literature and a national leader in higher education.



Since arriving at Duke in 2004, Brodhead has focused on enriching undergraduate education and expanding Duke’s financial aid endowment. Under his leadership Duke established the Duke Global Health Institute and launched the signature program DukeEngage, which gives Duke undergraduates the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in service to society, either in the U.S. or around the world.  Brodhead has made globalization a major strategic priority for the University, overseeing the creation of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore and Duke Kunshan University in China, which opened in the fall of 2014.  Closer to home, Brodhead is a champion of the relationship between Duke University and the City of Durham.   



Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, Brodhead was named the Co-Chair of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Commission issued its report, The Heart of the Matter, in June 2013.   



Brodhead served as a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 2004 to 2012 and received its Academic Leadership Award in 2013.  Also in 2013, he was named a trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  He holds four honorary degrees. 



Brodhead received his undergraduate degree and his Ph.D. from Yale University and had a 32-year career there, serving as the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English and American Studies, Chair of the English Department, and Dean of Yale College.  He has written or edited more than a dozen books on American literature.