University News

Umbrellas at Inauguration

‘How Can I Not Want to be Here?’ Students Battle Rain and Friday Classes to Attend Gay’s Historic Inauguration

Students said Friday’s heavy rain did little to dampen the fanfare of University President Claudine Gay’s historic inauguration, which they described as a fitting celebration for an accomplished leader.

President Gay's Procession
Higher Education

In Inaugural Address, Harvard President Claudine Gay Urges Affiliates to ‘Be Courageous Together’

Newly installed Harvard President Claudine Gay asked University affiliates to join her and “be courageous” as they work to expand “the possibilities of what Harvard can be and what Harvard can do for the world” during her inaugural address Friday afternoon.

Presidents Gay, Bacow and Faust

In Photos: Claudine Gay’s Inauguration as Harvard's 30th President

Claudine Gay was inaugurated as Harvard's 30th president in a rainy ceremony on Friday.

President Claudine Gay joins Arts Prelude Performers on Stage

In Photos: Arts Showcase Kicks off Gay’s Presidential Inauguration

Hundreds of higher education leaders, prominent donors and alumni, University administrators, and faculty and staff packed into Sanders theater Thursday evening for an invitation-only Arts Prelude on the eve of President Claudine Gay’s inauguration.

Claudine Gay Speaks at Inauguration

As it Happened: Harvard President Claudine Gay’s Inauguration

In a ceremony steeped in history, Claudine Gay was inaugurated as Harvard’s 30th president Friday afternoon in Tercentenary Theatre amid a heavy downpour.

Penny Pritzker '81 Introduces Claudine Gay as Harvard's 30th President
Harvard Corporation

Biden Appoints Senior Fellow Penny Pritzker as Special Representative for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery

President Joe Biden appointed Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Penny S. Pritzker ’81 to serve as special representative for Ukraine’s economic recovery, the White House announced Thursday morning.

Harvard Divinity School
Central Administration

African American Religion Scholar Marla Frederick Returns to Harvard, Will Be First Woman to Lead Divinity School

Marla F. Frederick, a professor of religion and culture at Emory University, will serve as the next dean of the Harvard Divinity School, becoming the first woman to lead the school in its 207-year history, University President Claudine Gay announced Thursday afternoon.

Claudine Gay Addresses Crowd at President Announcement
Central Administration

Claudine Gay Takes Office, Officially Becoming Harvard’s First Black President

Claudine Gay took office as the 30th president of Harvard University on Saturday, becoming the first person of color to lead the country’s oldest institution of higher education in its 386-year history.

Medical School

Ex-Harvard Medical School Morgue Manager Indicted, Accused of Stealing and Selling Human Remains

Federal prosecutors allege that Cedric Lodge, former manager of the morgue at the Anatomical Gift Program at Harvard Medical School, stole and sold human remains from the school for profit.

One Brattle
Central Administration

Harvard Lifted Sanctions on Epstein-Associated Professor Martin Nowak in March

Martin A. Nowak, the Harvard professor sanctioned in 2021 for his association with sex trafficker Jeffrey E. Epstein, had all his advising and research privileges restored in March, a faculty department chair confirmed last week.

Harvard Law School
Student Groups

Amid Intense Internal Dispute, Harvard Graduate Council Votes to Remove Finance Chair, Alleging Misconduct

During the HGC’s final general meeting of the year on April 17, the student body that represents Harvard’s 12 graduate and professional schools voted to remove outgoing finance chair Mir Jahanzeb “M.J.” Mehdi and disqualify him from serving on the council in the future.

Beerbohm Courtesy

Eric Beerbohm Appointed Director of Harvard Ethics Center

Eric Beerbohm, a Government professor and faculty affiliate in the Philosophy Department, will serve as the next director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 announced Monday morning.

Lawrence Summers at the IOP Close-Up
Central Administration

Former Harvard President Lawrence Summers Met Repeatedly with Jeffrey Epstein

Former Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers met repeatedly with and solicited donations from sex trafficker and financier Jeffrey E. Epstein, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Noam Chomsky at Corporate Capture Conference
Central Administration

Jeffrey Epstein Met With Harvard Professor Martin Nowak and Noam Chomsky in 2015 in Harvard Office

Financier and sex trafficker Jeffrey E. Epstein met with Harvard professor Martin A. Nowak, linguist Noam Chomsky, and other unidentified academics in March 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

Dean O'Dair Interview
Central Administration

Harvard President-Elect Claudine Gay Names Katherine O’Dair Chief of Staff

Harvard President-elect Claudine Gay named Katherine O’Dair, who currently serves as University Marshal, to be her chief of staff Tuesday afternoon. The appointment marks the first to Gay’s presidential team as she prepares to move into Massachusetts Hall later this summer.