Former Gov. Perdue to Join Duke as Visiting Fellow

Former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has been named a distinguished visiting fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy for the fall semester, Sanford School Dean Bruce Kuniholm announced Friday.

The appointment gives Perdue an opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the school, to engage with Duke faculty and to share with faculty and students insights from her life in politics, Kuniholm said. Perdue also will serve in an advisory capacity with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP).

“I’m delighted that the former governor will be with us next fall, as a resource for our faculty and students,” Kuniholm said. “Her extensive experience in state politics is invaluable. We envision her speaking with classes, interacting one-on-one with students and helping our professors better understand how their public policy research can influence policy making. At the same time, she will be able to explore her passions for education and technology with some of the nation’s best scholars on these subjects.”

Perdue said, “I look forward to the opportunity of working at Duke University with the students and faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy. I had always hoped my professional career could end the way it began. So, this is a dream come true for me."

Perdue was North Carolina’s first female governor, serving from 2009 to 2012. Previously she was lieutenant governor, and a state legislator representing Craven County, first in the House and then in the Senate. Before beginning her political career, Perdue was a public school teacher.

She holds a Ph.D. in education administration and a master's degree in community college administration, both from the University of Florida. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Kentucky.