Faculty describe Terry Sanford’s legacy in light of governor’s race
"As the North Carolina gubernatorial race nears its end, faculty reflected on former governor Terry Sanford's ongoing legacy in both the state and at Duke. Sanford was president of the University for 16 years—one the longest tenures any Duke president has had—after he served as governor and Democratic U.S. Sen. for his home state of North Carolina. During his political career, Sanford pushed forward initiatives and policies that transformed the state."
“'I think most historians would consider him one of the best governors in North Carolina’s history,' said Robert Korstad, professor of public policy and history and Associate Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. 'It’s hard to imagine a single president who’s had more influence in the creating of the Duke of the day. [Sanford] really transformed Duke from a really top-class, Southern, more regional university into a national and increasingly international university.'”