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The Inauguration of Elizabeth H. Bradley the Eleventh President
of Vassar College

About President Bradley

Prior to becoming the eleventh president of Vassar College, Elizabeth Bradley was the Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale. The program, which employs a comprehensive approach to achieving large ends with limited means, examines disciplines such as history, political science, and classical literature as context to address a wide range of current-day challenges, including security, economic inequality, global health, and climate change.

In her role as Head of Branford College, Bradley has been responsible for the intellectual and social life of the college. She and her family have lived on campus with 450 undergraduates, developing programs to bring faculty and visiting scholars to the college and fostering its community. Bradley has served on multiple university-wide committees pertaining to student life.

Highly regarded for her international work as founder and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, which operates education and research programs in China, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, and South Africa, Bradley has led teams that contributed to transforming Ethiopia’s health care system, enhancing the quality of hospital management and availability of primary care. Since 2009, Bradley and the Global Health Leadership Institute have provided leadership and management education that empowers low-income communities and countries to improve health outcomes.

Bradley grew up in New Britain, Connecticut. She focused on economics and art history as an undergraduate, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1984. She earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1986, and a PhD in Health Policy and Health Economics from Yale University in 1996. Read more

Speakers

William Plapinger ’74 / P ’10

Chair, Board of Trustees

The Rev. Samuel H. Speers

Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Vassar College

Robert R. Dyson

President, Dyson Foundation

Ellie Winter ’18

Member, Presidential Search Committee

Milbrey Rennie Taylor ’68

Trustee and President, Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College

Peipei Qui

Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the L. B. Dale and A. Lichtenstein Chair and Member, Presidential Search Committee

Paula Johnson

President, Wellesley College

Peter Salovey

President, Yale University

Anne Fadiman

Francis Writer-in-Residence, Yale University

Elizabeth H. Bradley

President, Vassar College

Sharon Kugler

University Chaplain, Yale University

Panels

Liberal Education in a Globalized World

Hanna Gray

President Emerita, University of Chicago

Lynn Pasquerella

Executive Director, American Association of Colleges and Universities

Azamat Kumykov

Chairman, Board of Directors, RusMoloko Group

Ken Ofori-Atta

Minister of Finance, Ghana

Elizabeth Bradley / Moderator

President, Vassar College

Health and Health Care: Where are we going?

Ellen Silbergeld ’67

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MacArthur Foundation Award Recipient

Jeffrey Brenner ’90

Founder and Executive Director, Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, MacArthur Foundation Award Recipient

Helene Gayle

CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative; Former CEO, CARE

Patrick Geoghegan, OBE / Moderator

Former Chief Executive, National Health Service