Wednesday, January 11, 2017



Vassar College names Yale professor as new president


TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – The Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy at Yale University, Elizabeth Howe Bradley, has been named the new president of Vassar College. She becomes the Poughkeepsie school’s 11th president.

A central focus of Bradley’s career has been improving health care delivery in the US and through projects in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Bradley has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and three books including The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less.

Vassar Board of Trustees’ Chairman William Plapinger said Bradley “has shown extraordinary leadership in all aspects of her remarkably broad career, combining intellectual commitment and rigor with vision, energy, and administrative talent. Across the varied areas of her career, she has been committed to bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to develop creative solutions to change people’s lives for the better.”

Bradley will succeed Catharine Hill, who stepped down in August 2016 after 10 years as president. Since that time, Jonathan Chenette, dean of the faculty, has served as interim president.

Bradley’s term will begin July 1.

“This is a critical time for leadership in liberal arts education, with many complex issues facing our campuses, our nation, and our world,” she said. “With its strong intellectual foundation and its legacy of making a difference through action, Vassar serves as a model of high-quality, accessible, and innovative higher education.”

Yale University President Peter Salovey said Bradley “has been a champion for innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.”


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