Prior to becoming the eleventh president of Vassar College in 2017, Elizabeth Bradley 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 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 was responsible for the intellectual and social life of the college. She and her family lived on campus with 450 undergraduates, developed programs to bring faculty and visiting scholars to the college and fostered its community. Bradley 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 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.
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.
Bradley and her spouse, John Bradley, have three children, ages 24, 21, and 17. John has focused his career on urban community-building and is the executive director of the Vassar College Urban Education Initiative.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.