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Vassar College President and Yale Alumna Elizabeth Bradley Receives 2023 Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal

Yale Public Health Magazine, Yale Public Health: Fall 2023


Vassar College president and Yale alumna Elizabeth “Betsy” Bradley, PhD '96, has been awarded a 2023 Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal for her leading scholarship in public health and her unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of local and global communities.

The Wilbur Cross Medal is the highest honor that the Yale Graduate School bestows on its alumni. Named in honor of former Graduate School Dean and Governor of Connecticut Wilbur Lucius Cross, the award was established in 1966 to honor alumni of Yale Graduate School for outstanding achievements.

Prior to becoming the 11th president of Vassar College, Bradley was a professor of public health and faculty director of Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute, the Brady-Johnson Professor in the Grand Strategy program, and head of Branford College. She was a member of the Yale faculty for 20 years.

Bradley is renowned internationally for her work on the quality of hospital care and large-scale health system strengthening efforts within the U.S. and abroad. In addition, she has been instrumental in founding the Vassar Institute for the Liberal Arts and a collaboration on global liberal arts with institutions in Rwanda, India, and Scotland.

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