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Perdue sets post governor plans, mum on Raleigh GOP

Former Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue has recently finished her teaching fellowship at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and plans to launch an education consulting business from her home in Chapel Hill.

“I'm older, I've got probably 10 years of really robust kind of activity, and I'm very discerning about it is I want to choose to do with my time,” she said in a recent interview with Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal. “So I have agreed to do some work with one company around education and technology. I'm setting up the company now.''

Perdue plans to work with a number of outside experts with the company that will be called Perdue Strategic Group. She is also working on a biography with two writers, Barlow Herget and Marion Ellis.

Former Gov. Perdue uses dog's death to address end-of-life issues

Former Gov. Bev Perdue, a fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics, published a blog item on dealing with end-of-llfe issues using the death of her dog, Zipper, as an example of the importance of talking about the topic.

Perdue probably didn't mean to use Zipper as a direct correlation with elderly people, as Zipper was euthanized.

While at Harvard, Perdue is leading a weekly study group on social policy entrepreneurship.

Perdue will be fellow at Duke

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.

Bev Perdue is heading to Harvard

Former Gov. Bev Perdue is heading to Harvard University this spring, where she will be a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Perdue, who left office earlier this month, will spend a semester interacting with students, participating in the intellectual life of the Harvard community and leading weekly study groups on a variety of issues.

Besides Perdue, who holds a doctorate, the other resident fellows at Harvard this spring will be Charlie Cook, a political analyst; Karen Hughes, former under secretary of State for President George W. Bush; Steve Kerrigan, chief executive officer of the Democratic Convention held in Charlotte; John Murray, former deputy chief of staff to House Majority leader Eric Cantor, and Keith Richburg, China correspondent for The Washington Post.

Moore's halcyon Harvard days

Did Richard Moore attend Harvard University?

Yes, but it was only for summer school in 1981, and the program was open to anyone over 18 who could afford tuition, according to WUNC reporter Laura Leslie.

Until recently, the Harvard line appeared on Moore's bio on Project Vote Smart. It's now been removed.

On her Hunter's Tavern blog, Leslie writes that the Harvard line came from three of the four bios sent by his 1994 Congressional campaign to the nonpartisan political research group. (She posted the letters here.)

The bio brings up old memories, Leslie writes:

Moore's campaign has been accusing his Dem rival, Bev Perdue, of fudging her resume starting in 1991. And honestly, open-enrollment summer school is not what comes to mind when I read "Attended Harvard."

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