DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Duke University has chosen a Yale University dean to succeed Nan Keohane, who led Duke for more than a decade as its first woman president.

The choice of Richard H. Brodhead was confirmed Friday by university spokesman Keith Lawrence. A formal announcement was planned later in the day.

Brodhead, an English professor, has served as dean of Yale College and its roughly 5,200 undergraduates since 1992. He will be the ninth president to serve under the name ``Duke University'' and the 13th since Union Institute, Duke's predecessor, was founded in 1838.

Peter Nicholas, chairman of the University's trustees, described Brodhead as ``a scholar with a deep commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, a proven and effective administrator and fundraiser who understands how research universities work and an eloquent spokesman about the central role of higher education in American life.''

``As one of his faculty colleagues at Yale put it, 'His performance is brilliant. Students love him, the faculty trust him, the alumni are in awe of him,''' Nicholas said in a news release on the university's Web site.

Duke's search committee considered about 80 potential candidates as it sought a successor for Keohan, who is stepping down in June. The university of about 12,000 students has recruited heavily from the Ivy League's faculty in recent years, and Brodhead's appointment is expected to add to its clout.

Brodhead, 56, a Yale graduate, joined the Yale faculty as an assistant professor of English in 1972. He was chairman of the English department when named dean of Yale College.