50 Years of Public Policy

 September 10, 2021

This year, we celebrate 50 Years of Public Policy at Duke! 

Judith Kelley and Joel Fleishman pose with a bust of the founder of the Sanford School, Terry Sanford
I had the pleasure of posing for a photo with one of the founders of the Sanford School, professor Joel Fleishman. (Those are flowers from his garden!)

The 2021-2022 academic year marks 50 years since the study of public policy began at Duke University. Learn more online about our rich history; spotlights of institution builders, alumni, friends and students of Sanford; and look towards the future with us.

Over the past year at Sanford, we have made significant progress toward our Strategic Priorities, while simultaneously navigating a challenging pandemic together. We, alongside our students, have many shared accomplishments achieved by sheer determination. Among the highlights: We graduated more than 300 students in May! We started new programs. Later this month, we will celebrate our 2020 graduates at a reception at Sanford on September 24.

With your support, we continue to advance our mission: to change the world by researching the most pressing public policy issues and preparing students for lives of leadership, civic engagement and public service.

Happy birthday, public policy graduates and friends!

Dean Judith Kelley


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