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A letter from President Brodhead about the proposed Combined Heat and Power project

(11/30/16 11:58pm)

There has been considerable debate recently about the proposed Combined Heat and Power project (CHP), which would be a joint effort between Duke Energy and Duke University. We appreciate the public’s interest in the proposal and want to take a moment to address some of the questions around this project.


$3 billion and you: a message to Duke students

(10/01/12 6:21am)

When I arrived at Duke, I faced a challenge every freshman knows: I had to decorate a bare room. Luckily, I got to know the University archivist, who made copies of some great materials. Since then, the president’s office has been adorned with a photo of West Campus as a construction site, with a belching locomotive hauling in stones for the just-started buildings. I have a hand-written 1921 letter from President Few to James B. Duke, sketching out how tiny Trinity College could be transformed into a world-class research university. I also have the terse reply Mr. Duke telegraphed: “Show me the plans.”






The CCI Report

(02/28/07 5:00am)

I have now received the report of the Campus Culture Initiative Steering Committee. It is the result of 10 months of intensive work by faculty, students, alumni and administrators led by Vice Provost and Dean of Trinity College Robert Thompson (chair) and Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta (vice-chair). I am grateful to the committee, as well as to the President's Council chaired by former trustees Roy Bostock and Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, for providing advice on the report's recommendations.



Affording opportunity

(12/07/05 5:00am)

This fall your president has been on the receiving end of gifts exceeding $100 million. Since I've spent most of my life as a teacher, taking in such sums has not been an everyday occurrence for me, and in case you wonder, I will tell you: This work is hugely fun! But what really delights me is that these gifts were made for what I regard as the best of causes, to support financial aid. Let me explain why securing permanent support for aid is so critical for Duke right now.