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Central Administration

88 Days: The Unraveling of Claudine Gay’s Harvard Presidency

Harvard President Claudine Gay resigned on Jan. 2, ending her tenure as the University's 30th president after it was clear the Harvard Corporation lost confidence in Gay's ability to lead amid mounting allegations of plagiarism and unrelenting criticism of her congressional testimony.

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Central Administration

Harvard President Claudine Gay Resigns, Shortest Tenure in University History

Harvard President Claudine Gay resigned Tuesday afternoon, a stunning downfall for Harvard’s first Black president and former dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

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Central Administration

Former Harvard Corporation Head William Lee ’72 Helped Prepare Gay Ahead of Testimony, Highlighting Complex Dual Roles

Former Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow William F. Lee ’72 and a team of lawyers from his firm, WilmerHale, played a major role in prepping University President Claudine Gay ahead of her disastrous congressional testimony, according to three people familiar with the situation.

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Central Administration

Harvard President Gay Traveled to Washington to Quell the Backlash. Her Testimony Only Made it Worse.

Harvard President Claudine Gay appeared before Congress Tuesday to quell the backlash against the University. Instead, the hearing ended with members of Congress demanding Gay’s resignation and the leadership of Harvard Hillel saying they don’t trust her to protect Jewish students at the University.

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FAS

‘Bullied Into Leaving’: Harvard Research Admin File Workplace Complaints, Leave Department En Masse

Top Harvard officials repeatedly failed to address workplace complaints against Associate Dean for Research Administration Services Lauren Ferrell that accused her of creating a toxic work environment, according to 10 current and former University administrators.

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Scrutiny

The Abolitionist and the Prisoners’ Union

Fifty years ago, the Massachusetts corrections commissioner handed the keys to the men incarcerated at Walpole State Prison. They ran the facility for two months — to prove to the world that prisons shouldn’t exist at all.

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Harvard Business School

Battling in Court and on Campus, HBS Professor Francesca Gino Denies Data Fraud Allegations

As Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino continues to battle for vindication in court and the public eye following accusations that she committed data fraud, faculty within HBS have grown increasingly wary of the sanctions against Gino — and the administration that imposed them.

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Central Administration

What’s in a Name? Ken Griffin’s $300 Million Donation Floods Harvard with Cash and Questions

Republican megadonor Kenneth C. Griffin ’89 $300 million donation to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences — which renamed the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — raised questions about Harvard’s donor practices in general, with many wondering exactly how, why, and for how much Harvard sells the naming rights to its major schools and institutions.

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Central Administration

Bloated or Beneficial? Harvard’s Growing Admin

In 2004, Harvard employed just under 5,300 full-time administrators. Nearly two decades later, this figure has seen a whopping 43 percent increase. In contrast, the University’s faculty, starting at 2,000 members, has only increased by 11 percent in that same time period.

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College

Leaving Legacy Behind

With the Supreme Court widely expected to strike down race-conscious admissions this summer, another Harvard College admissions practice — legacy and donor preferences — could be collateral damage.

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FAS

Dan Schrag, Top Harvard Climate Scientist, Faces Allegations of Bullying and Toxicity Spanning Two Decades

A nationally respected voice on climate science and policy, Harvard professor Daniel P. Schrag faced disciplinary measures in 2021 after students and staff raised concerns about his professional conduct. In interviews over the past year, more than two dozen people have said Schrag created a poor working environment for those around him over the past two decades.

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College

‘Ghosted’: Clients, Mentors Seek Money and Answers from Harvard Dropout’s College Admissions Startup

Clients and former admissions mentors are still seeking refunds, compensation, and answers more than six months after the acquisition of college consulting startup Acceptitas, which cut ties with its mentors in late 2022, leaving many unpaid and unaware of their termination for months.

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Student Groups

‘Still Unresolved’: Harvard Student Group Missing Approximately $30,000 After Leadership Dispute

The former president of the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative, just weeks after the conclusion of her term, transferred approximately $30,000 from the organization’s bank account to her own. In the months since the Jan. 1 transfer, HUFPI has tried — and failed — to recover all the funds from its former president, Sama E.N. Kubba ’24.

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Health

Harvard Terminates University Health Services Physician Following Misconduct Reports, Triggering Medical Board Investigation

A Harvard University Health Services physician was terminated last year after receiving several complaints from female patients aged 18 to 31 who alleged misconduct and inappropriate behavior during physical examinations.

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Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Misinformation Expert Joan Donovan Forced to Leave by Kennedy School Dean, Sources Say

Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf is forcing out online misinformation expert Joan M. Donovan from her role at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and ending her research project, according to three HKS staff members with knowledge of the situation.

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