Harvard University President Claudine Gay made the announcement Tuesday. she is resigning Only 6 months since taking office as president A fierce debate is brewing within the university.
“It is with a heavy heart, but with deep love for Harvard University, that I write to share that I am stepping down as president,” Gay wrote. In a letter to the Harvard community. “After consulting with members of the corporation, I believe it is in Harvard’s best interest for me to resign so that our community can navigate this moment of extraordinary difficulty with a focus on the institution, not the individual. Something has become clear.”
Gay did not say when he would formally resign, but said the decision was “indescribably difficult.”
Gay’s resignation comes amid extreme turmoil at one of America’s most prestigious universities, making Harvard the first black president and second woman in Harvard’s nearly 400-year history. This marks the end of his tenure as president. The controversy swirling around Harvard University has attracted CEOs, billionaires, powerful donors, and even Congressional leaders.
Gay acknowledged that his tenure was short-lived, writing: “When I remember my brief presidency, I hope it will be seen as a moment that reminds us of the importance of striving to find our common humanity and not letting resentment and contempt undermine us. “I hope it’s an important process of education,” Gay said.
She also said, “It pains me that my commitment to standing up against hate and defending academic rigor (two core values that are fundamental to who I am) is being called into question. “It is appalling to be subject to personal attacks and threats fueled by racial hatred.” ”
In a letter Tuesday, Harvard defended Gay and said it accepted his resignation “with sadness.” The university’s governing body, the corporation, said she had shown “remarkable resilience in the face of sustained and deeply personal attacks”.
“Some of this unfolded in public, but much of it took the form of nasty and sometimes racist vitriol directed at her through disgraceful emails and phone calls. “We condemn such attacks in the strongest possible terms,” the letter said.
Controversies on campus and across the country
Gaye was partially brought down by the ongoing plagiarism scandal. Disastrous Congressional Hearings Last Month In it, she and other university presidents did not explicitly state that calls for the genocide of Jews constituted bullying or harassment on campus.
tension increased on some university campuses following the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas against Israel.was there Hundreds of protests and counter-protests Some committed violence on university campuses.
of face and name Some students allegedly involved in anti-Israel statements mobile sign Close to both Harvard University and Columbia University campuses. The University of Pennsylvania is another Ivy League school. warned the FBI about the threat of violent anti-Semitism This was done for some teachers.
Separately, Gay had drawn widespread criticism after accusations of plagiarism surfaced. Multiple instances of missing quotes and quotes.Recently Harvard University Gay Announces Plans to File Correction I corrected an example of an “inappropriate citation” in my 1997 doctoral dissertation and added it to her citation. issued It goes back to two academic papers she wrote in the 2000s.
Notably, the university described these amendments as “unfortunate,” but it turns out they were Does not meet the punishment standards for research misconduct.
Alan M. Garber, currently Harvard’s president and chief academic officer, will serve as interim president until the school finds a new leader, Harvard University announced in a letter Tuesday.
“We are delighted to welcome someone with Alan’s breadth and depth of experience, keen judgment, collaborative style and exceptional organizational knowledge to advance our key priorities and guide the university through this interim period,” the organization said. I’m lucky that it happened.”
The company said the search for a new president “will begin in due course,” but did not provide an exact date.
In her letter, Gay said she plans to return to teaching “to the scholarship and teaching that is the lifeblood of our work.”
A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
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– CNN’s Ramishah Maruf, Em Steck and Andrew Kaczynski contributed to this article.