Former Washington Post managing editor Philip Bennett will become director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University starting in July.

Bennett, who for the past two years has been managing editor of the PBS television program “Frontline,” was an editor at The Post from 1997 to 2009. He served as the newsroom’s second-ranking leader in the last four years of that period.

On the Duke faculty since 2009, Bennett said he wants to deepen support for accountability journalism.

“One leading challenge for journalists is to make sense of an expanding universe of available data and to put it in the service of more accurate and thorough reporting and rich storytelling,” Bennett said in a statement Thursday. “Universities can help experiment and create in ways that have become more difficult for the news industry.”