"We are honored to welcome Secretary Kerry, with his vast insights and experience on global affairs, to lead this exciting new program at Yale," Yale President Peter Salovey said in a written statement. "The Kerry Initiative will allow Yale students and faculty to engage with leaders from around the world to discuss, analyze, and understand today’s most vital challenges."
Kerry will work with students across all disciplines at Yale, including the Law School, School of Management, Divinity School and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the university said.
"This is where I first raised my hand as a junior and pledged to defend the Constitution, and it’s where I first debated and struggled with issues of war and peace," Kerry said in a written statement. "Teaching, researching, convening, engaging, and collaborating with young people and together wrestling with the world’s most complex issues is an exciting chapter in the journey that began for me in New Haven."
Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, was secretary of state during President Barack Obama's second term. He perviously served as a U.S. senator, first elected in 1984 and re-elected four times. Kerry was the Democratic Party nominee for president in 2004, losing to George W. Bush.