- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - H. Keith H. Brodie, a former Duke University president who guided the school’s development into a nationally known research institution, has died. He was 77.

The university’s news service said Brodie died Friday, though it offered no other details. Also Friday, the school announced Vincent Price, the chief academic officer at the University of Pennsylvania, would become Duke’s next president.

Brodie, a professor emeritus of psychiatry, served as Duke’s seventh president, succeeding Terry Sanford. During his tenure, from 1985 until 1993, applications to Duke’s undergraduate and graduate schools increased. The university also launched programs to recruit and retain minority faculty and added new academic initiatives, including a School of the Environment.

“Keith Brodie’s term as president of Duke from 1985 to 1993 saw the beginning of Duke’s rise to national recognition and reputation,” president Richard Brodhead said. “The initiatives Keith championed became signature qualities of Duke and remain part of our university’s values today, including an emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship, investments in medical research, and a commitment to a diverse and inclusive faculty and student body.”

Brodie said in a 2004 interview that he had not planned on becoming a university president.

“If you knew you were going to suddenly end up there, (you) might have taken a little course in finance or speechwriting or public relations to get ready,” Brodie said. “As a chemist I was not really equipped. But I learned. It worked out, but it was quite challenging.”

A recreation center on Duke’s East Campus bears the name of Brodie and his wife, Brenda.

The school said information about memorial services for Brodie will come later.


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