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Vassar President Elizabeth Bradley

Elizabeth Bradley (Photo courtesy of Vassar College)

Elizabeth Bradley is the eleventh president of Vassar College, a residential liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York. Prior to becoming president of Vassar, she was the director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale, a university-wide, interdisciplinary program primarily for undergraduates, whose goal is to train emerging leaders. The program, which employs a comprehensive approach, and 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.

Bradley was also the 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 led teams that contributed to transforming Ethiopia’s health care system, enhancing the quality of hospital management and availability of primary care.

Prior to her work at Yale, Bradley was a hospital administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she helped lead the first generation of quality improvement efforts as part of the National Demonstration in Quality Improvement in Health Care, the inspiration for much of her subsequent research.

She is co-author of The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. The book examines how and why the US health care system developed as it did, contemplates possibilities for reform, and highlights inspiring new initiatives from around the world.

Bradley 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.

Recently, Elizabeth Bradley was on the IU Campus to give a lecture about her work in health care. While she was here, she joined host Aaron Cain in the WFIU studios.

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