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Harvard President Drew Faust to Step Down in 2018


DREW GILPIN FAUST, who for the past decade has led Harvard as its president, announced today that she would conclude her service on June 30, 2018. While momentous, the news was not altogether unanticipated, since the date coincides with the scheduled conclusion of The Harvard Campaign, the largest fundraising effort to date in higher education.

In a message to the community Faust wrote that

It has been a privilege beyond words to work with all of you to lead Harvard, in the words of her alma mater, “through change and through storm.” We have shared ample portions of both over the last decade and have confronted them together in ways that have made the University stronger—more integrated both intellectually and administratively, more effectively governed, more open and diverse, more in the world and across the world, more innovative and experimental. The dedication of students, faculty, and staff to the ideal and excellence of Harvard, and to the importance of its pursuit of Veritas has made all this possible. I know this commitment will carry Harvard forward, from strength to strength, in the years to come.

 Faust is credited with restoring comity and a spirit of cooperation to an institution left divided by the controversial presidency of Lawrence H.  Summers, which concluded abruptly with his resignation in mid 2006.

For an exclusive analysis of the Faust presidency, and a look at the road ahead, read our in-depth report, “The Faust Presidency in Retrospect,” by Harvard Magazine editor John Rosenberg.