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Noted Philanthropist to Speak at Duke

Note to editors: Reporters interested in attending this session are asked to contact in advance Chris Privett at (919) 660-8090. Ms. Berresford will not be available for one-on-one interviews.

February 07, 2007

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business welcomes Ms. Susan V. Berresford, President of the Ford Foundation, as the latest in the school’s Distinguished Speaker series for 2006-2007. Berresford will deliver her presentation, “Philanthropy: What’s New and What’s Not,” on Tuesday, February 6, at 10:30 a.m. in Geneen Auditorium at The Fuqua School of Business. The session is free and open to the public.

Recently, Berresford was named to Forbes magazine’s list of the most powerful women in business. Since becoming president of the Ford Foundation, Berresford has focused the agency on supporting programs around the world that strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

Berresford joined the Ford Foundation in 1970 as a project assistant in the Division of National Affairs and was elected president of the Ford Foundation in 1996. At the time of her election as president, she was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Foundation. In FY 2006, the Foundation granted nearly $530 million to projects that focus on issues relating to community development, peace, and social justice.