Bev Perdue will have her backpack stuffed with books and all ready to stride through the hallways of academia this year making new friends at Duke and Harvard.
Earlier, it was announced that the former governor will be a fellow at Harvard University this spring at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Then this fall, she will be a distinguished visiting fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Duke Dean Bruce Kuniholm made the announcement Friday in a news release. Perdue will be able to engage with students and faculty and share her insights from a life in politics, Kuniholm says. She will also be an adviser with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.
“I had always hoped my professional career could end the way it began. So, this is a dream come true for me,” Perdue is quoted as saying in the release. She was a public school teacher before she was a politician.
Perdue has a doctorate in education administration and a master’s degree in community college administration, both from the University of Florida. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Kentucky.