The director of Yale University’s prestigious Brady-Johnson grand strategy program has resigned, saying Yale has failed to protect academic freedom from donor influence.
Beverly Gage, who has led the program since 2017, told the New York Times that Yale allowed donors to exercise inappropriate influence over the program’s program by agreeing to the creation of a predominantly Conservative advisory board. She has repeatedly called on Yale directors to push for a more diverse board, but the university has failed to take decisive action. Gage will be retiring in December.
The program, which was founded in 2000, aims to teach future leaders how to think beyond partisan lines through immersion in texts, cases and the study of various historical figures.
According to the Times, donors to the Grand Strategy program pushed for a Conservative advisory board after a speaker from the program wrote an article criticizing the 1968 Wharton graduate and former President Donald Trump.
The Grand Strategy program was created with a record $ 250 million donation from Nicholas Brady, former United States Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, and billionaire and leading Republican donor Charles B. Johnson .
As director, Gage updated the Grand Strategy agenda to include social movements and global activists, The New York Times reported.
Gage told the New York Times that Brady and Johnson have remained largely inactive in the affairs of the program, although Brady expressed concerns about the Grand Strategy program after Bryan Carsten, political scientist and program speaker, wrote an article for opinion on the dangers of former President Donald. Trump poses in front of American democracy.
She added that Brady had informed her of a provision in the 2006 donor agreement that allows for the creation of an external council that can advise on practitioners in the program. Despite Gage’s demands to appoint an ideologically and demographically diverse board of directors, donors have chosen overwhelmingly conservative men, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.