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Harvard President Alan Garber’s Rocky Path Ahead

The tenure of interim Harvard President Alan M. Garber '76 will likely be one of the most consequential for the University in recent history as he looks to heal a deeply divided campus. The longtime administrator has insisted that he is up for the challenge.

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Harvard Endowment Executives Meet with Silicon Valley Investors Amid University Turmoil

Harvard Management Company executives met with leading venture capital and private equity investors in Silicon Valley last week amid investor concerns over the University’s response to the Israel-Hamas war and allegations of antisemitism on campus.

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Ten Stories That Shaped 2023

In 2023, Harvard had a tumultuous year. Claudine Gay’s first semester ended amid a leadership crisis as she came under fire for her response to tensions on a campus divided by the Israel-Hamas war and faced allegations of plagiarism. Harvard’s legacy and donor preferences in admissions also faced national scrutiny following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling striking down the University’s affirmative action policy. Across campus, scandal after scandal hit parts of the University. Here, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped 2023 at Harvard.

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Central Administration

Harvard President Claudine Gay Planning Travel to Asia During Spring Break, First International Trip Since Assuming Office

Harvard President Claudine Gay is planning to travel to Asia in March for her first international trip since assuming office in July, she said in an interview with The Crimson earlier this month.

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Central Administration

D. Ronald Daniel, Former Harvard Treasurer Who Saw Endowment Quadruple During 15-Year Tenure, Dead at 93

D. Ronald Daniel, a longtime treasurer of Harvard University who saw the University’s endowment quadruple in value during his 15-year tenure, died on Dec. 16 at his home in New York City. He was 93.

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Central Administration

Major Harvard Donor Len Blavatnik to Pause Donations to Harvard, Report Says

Leonard V. Blavatnik, a billionaire philanthropist and major Harvard donor, will cease donations to the University over its handling of antisemitism on campus, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing an anonymous source.

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New Harvard CFO Ritu Kalra Says University Has ‘Repair Work To Do’ Amid Controversy Over Israel-Hamas Response

Harvard Chief Financial Officer Ritu Kalra acknowledged that officials tasked with fundraising have their work cut out for them as they rebuild relationships with donors dismayed by the controversy enveloping the University over its messaging on the Israel-Hamas war.

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College

Harvard Students Praise Undergrad Relief Efforts, Criticize Lack of University Response to Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Despite the outpouring of support within and outside the Turkish and Syrian communities on campus, Nehir Toklu ’25 said she found the University’s response to the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria to be “quite late” and “slightly underwhelming.”

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Research

Harvard Salata Institute Announces Grants to Five Interdisciplinary Climate Research Clusters

The Harvard Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability announced grants to five research groups featuring 30 faculty members from across the University on Monday, marking the first projects funded by the Salata Institute since its establishment in fall 2022.

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Ed School

HGSE Dean Long Prioritizes Fundraising, New Masters Programs

As Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Bridget T. Long enters her fifth year in the post, her top priorities are ensuring the financial health of the school and a successful rollout of its five newly redesigned masters programs, Long said in an interview Friday morning.

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Student Groups

Celtics Forward Grant Williams, Team Executives Talk Philanthropy, Sports Business

Several prominent members of the Boston Celtics discussed their philanthropy and offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the sports-business industry at an event organized by the Harvard Undergraduate Sports Lab.

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Politics

‘Low-Hanging Fruit’: Experts Criticize Senator Marco Rubio’s Letter Questioning Harvard’s Ties to China

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) alleged without direct evidence that Harvard officials may have helped suppress some theories regarding the origins of Covid-19 in a “quid pro quo” effort to advance Chinese state interests in a June 16 letter addressed to University President Lawrence S. Bacow.

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Politics

Harvard and the Fight for Foreign Collaboration

Debate over the regulation of foreign money in academia, once an afterthought, has become a microcosm of the U.S.’s attempts to remain the world’s top innovator, exposing a tension between the government’s efforts to remain competitive and academia’s goals to promote innovation and the free flow of ideas.

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Football

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Donates $24 Million to Harvard Business School

The Kraft family, which owns the New England Patriots, donated $24 million to Harvard Business School earlier this month to establish the Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund, which will be the largest endowed fellowship fund at the school.

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Fundraising

Harvard Received Almost $385 Million from 46 Countries Since August 2019

Harvard has received almost $385 million from sources in 46 countries since August 2019, according to United States Department of Education data.

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