Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust Stepping Down in 2018

NEC member Harvard University’s President Drew Gilpin Faust recently announced she will step down in June 2018 after serving as president for over a decade.

President Faust will be remembered for her leadership through economic recession and her work championing diversity at Harvard. She has implemented a new financial aid policy to prevent students from being saddled with debt upon graduation. President Faust has also removed bureaucratic obstacles and encouraged student-faculty collaboration during her tenure. Additionally, President Faust has overseen the renewed construction of the new Allston science and engineering campus which was stalled following the U.S. financial crisis. While President Faust did not announce what she plans to do next, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation Bill Lee stated that Faust will take a year of sabbatical to focus on her academic work following the 2017-2018 school year.

“At the broadest level, [her accomplishment] is bringing Harvard together as a single institution and opening it up more broadly to faculty and students who may not have been part of the Harvard community before,” said Lee.

The New England Council thanks President Faust for her leadership under which Harvard became a more diverse and collaborative community, and wishes her continued success in her future endeavors. Read more about in Harvard Gazette and The Boston Globe.

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