Claudine Gay, Haitian-American, named President of Harvard University

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Claudine Gay will be the 30th president of Harvard University in the United States, the world’s most prestigious university announced Thursday. Claudine Gay, who holds a doctorate, will be the first person of color and the second woman to serve as president of Harvard University, CNN reports.

Claudine Gay, born to Haitian immigrant parents, had received the Toppan Prize for the best thesis in political science, according to the Harvard Gazette.

Since 2018, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. She is touted as a formidable scholar. Her work on issues of race and politics in America has resonated widely with the academic community and American society.

Claudine Gay, who is also the founding president of the Inequality in America Initiative, succeeds Lawrence S. Bacow, who announced last June that he was stepping down from Harvard University’s highest honor.

“I am honored by the confidence the Board of Trustees has placed in me to be able to replace President Bacow at the helm of this remarkable institution,” Gay was quoted in the Harvard Gazette as saying.

<<It has been a privilege to work with Larry over the past five years. He has shown me that leadership is a team effort>> added Claudine Gay, noting that she will apply that lesson in her management.

“Claudine is a person of fundamental integrity,” said Bacow, the outgoing president. “She will provide Harvard with the strong moral compass needed to lead this great university. The search committee has made an inspired choice for our 30th president. Under Claudine Gay’s leadership, Harvard’s future is very bright,” said the man who spent five years at the helm of Harvard University.

Claudine Gay will take office in July 2023.

The appointment of Claudine Gay as President of Harvard University is welcomed in Haiti, notably by the de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry.
“It is with great joy and pride that I learned of the appointment of Professor Claudine Gay, of Haitian origin, as President of the prestigious Harvard University. I send her my warmest congratulations, and I wish her every success in her new position,” wrote the Prime Minister on Twitter.

CI: Harvard Gazette

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