Harvard Hires Deval Patrick

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Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has a new job.

The Democrat, who served as the Bay State’s governor from 2007 to 2015, will be going back to his alma mater:  Harvard University. 

The Harvard Kennedy School announced on Tuesday, January 25 that it has hired Patrick as a professor of public leadership. He will also serve as co-director of the Center for Public Leadership with Hannah Riley Bowles, the Roy E. Larsen Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management.

The graduate school is formally called the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

“This co-director structure combines a long-time faculty member’s scholarly expertise on the development of public leaders with an eminent practitioner’s experience in the demanding practice of public leadership,” Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf said in a statement.

Patrick, 65, expressed excitement at his new opportunity.

“With the scale and scope of the challenges facing humankind, the world needs conscientious, dedicated leaders at every level in every sector, people willing to spend their ‘political’ capital, not just accumulate it. I am looking forward to working alongside and encouraging leaders like that at the Kennedy School,” Patrick said in a written statement

Patrick, the first black governor in Massachusetts history, got a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1978. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1982.

In 2015, Patrick joined Bain Capital. He continues to work there, serving as a senior advisor.

Patrick briefly ran for president in the 2020 Democratic primary. He announced his run in November 2019, failed to gain much traction, and dropped out following the New Hampshire primary. He got 0.4 percent of the vote in the primary.


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