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Brodhead slated to be visiting lecturer at Duke Kunshan University

President Richard Brodhead speaks on the second day of opening ceremonies at Duke Kunshan University.
President Richard Brodhead speaks on the second day of opening ceremonies at Duke Kunshan University.

KUNSHAN, China—President Richard Brodhead will be a visiting lecturer at Duke Kunshan University, though when he will fill this role is still unclear.

During the second day of DKU's grand opening ceremony, Mary Brown Bullock, executive vice chancellor of DKU, announced that Brodhead will go back to his teaching roots as a visiting lecturer. When asked when he plans on fulfilling the role, Brodhead said he was unsure when it would happen—but noted that it would not occur while he was still Duke president.

Brodhead, who became Duke’s ninth president in 2004, was reappointed for a second five-year term in May 2012. The expert on 19th century literature will therefore not teach at DKU until at least 2017.

The cross-cultural education of DKU is “immensely inspiring” from a teaching perspective, Brodhead said, adding that he is “a teacher first and foremost.”

Brodhead has written several books on William Faulkner, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne, among other authors. He was made an assistant professor of English at Yale College after receiving his Ph.D. in 1972, and was named chair of the English department in 1985. Brodhead entered the administrative field when he was appointed Dean of Yale College in 1993 and, just more than a decade later, president of Duke.

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