Harvard President Claudine Gay Reportedly Set to Resign Amid Controversies

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.02 - 2024 7:35 PM CET

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Harvard President Claudine Gay Reportedly Set to Resign Amid Controversies.

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Harvard University is set to experience a significant change in its leadership, as President Claudine Gay is reportedly resigning from her position.

This decision, expected to be announced on Tuesday afternoon, marks the end of what has been the shortest presidency in the esteemed university's history.

According to Fox News, reports from the Harvard Crimson, the university's newspaper, and The Boston Globe have indicated that Dr. Alan Garber, Harvard’s provost, is likely to step in as the interim president.

Gay's tenure as president has been marked by controversies, particularly surrounding her response to incidents of antisemitism on campus.

She, along with the presidents of MIT and UPenn, faced intense criticism for their failure to clearly condemn calls for intifada or the genocide of Jews during a House Education and the Workforce hearing last month. This hearing was convened in the wake of rising antisemitism at American universities following the October 7 terrorist attacks by Hamas in southern Israel.

Additionally, Gay has been embroiled in a plagiarism scandal, accused of multiple instances of plagiarism in her scholarly works.

These controversies have culminated in her alleged decision to step down, a move that is likely to have significant implications for Harvard University. The situation highlights the challenges faced by academic institutions in addressing sensitive and complex issues such as antisemitism and academic integrity.

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