Who is Claudine Gay, Harvard’s Next President?

Before Claudine Gay was tapped as Harvard’s first president of color Thursday, she already made her mark as a scholar and the leader of Harvard’s flagship faculty.

Before Claudine Gay was tapped as Harvard’s first president of color, she had already left her mark on the University’s nearly 400-year history.

Penny S. Pritzker ’81, the senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, announced Thursday that Gay — who has served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 2018 — would succeed President Lawrence S. Bacow in July.

Gay will be Harvard’s second female president after former President Drew G. Faust, who led the University from 2007 to 2018.

But Gay is no stranger to breaking barriers. Her appointment as FAS dean by Bacow, less than a month into his tenure as president, made her the first woman and person of color to lead Harvard’s flagship faculty.  FOR MORE

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