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Duke Begins New Chapter With New President

Posted July 1, 2004

— Duke University starts a new chapter Thursday with a new president at the helm.

Richard Brodhead said his newest role as the university's president will be daunting, but the man who spent 32 years at Yale University describes the challenge as "fun."

Despite his wealth of knowledge, Brodhead admits he has a lot to learn.

"I never had a medical school. I never had a law school. I never had a law school. I never had a divinity school," he said.

Brodhead said there are no grand plans to fix the university because he said it is not broken, but there are some areas he is interested in improving.

"The business of how one keeps the balance between teaching and scholarships at an university, this is always a challenge," he said. "[It's] something other schools, that worry about it, do a better job with it."

Brodhead said he has also developed an appreciation for Duke basketball.

"I believe it would be fair to say I'm a far greater basketball fan than I used to be," he said.

Brodhead also hopes to increase the endowment for financial aid, making the private university affordable to more people. He will not be the only new face at Duke.

Dr. Victor Dzau takes over as CEO of Duke University Health System on Thursday. Dzau, an expert in cardiovascular disease, comes from Harvard Medical School.

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