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Presidential Search

Harvard’s next president

Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay has been elected to become the 30th president of Harvard University, starting on July 1, 2023.

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“With the strength of this extraordinary institution behind us, we enter a moment of possibility, one that calls for deeper collaboration across the University, across all of our remarkable Schools. There is an urgency for Harvard to be engaged with the world and to bring bold, brave, pioneering thinking to our greatest challenges.”

Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay has led Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences as the Edgerley Family Dean since August 2018, having served previously as dean of social science from 2015 to 2018. Gay was recruited to Harvard in 2006 as a professor of government. She was also appointed as a professor of African and African American Studies in 2007. She was named the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government in 2015.

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A statement from Penny Pritzker, chair of the presidential search committee

Claudine is a remarkable leader who is profoundly devoted to sustaining and enhancing Harvard’s academic excellence, to championing both the value and the values of higher education and research, to expanding opportunity, and to strengthening Harvard as a fount of ideas and a force for good in the world.

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How the committee approached this search

As in Harvard’s three most recent presidential searches, a search committee was formed comprising the members of the Corporation other than the president (who excused himself from the search and election process, consistent with past practice), together with three members of the Board of Overseers.

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Rise of ‘natural leader’ cause for celebration

Scholars and students greeted Claudine Gay’s election as Harvard’s next leader with joy and praise. Read her remarks

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