According to the national media, Harvard University named Claudine Gay as the 30th President, making her the first Black person and the second woman to lead the Ivy League School.
Gay, who is currently a dean at the university and a democracy scholar, will become president on July 1. She replaces Lawrence Bacow.
Gay, the daughter of Haitian immigrants who joined Harvard as a professor in 2006, succeeds Lawrence Bacow as president of the prestigious, nearly 400-year-old Ivy League university. She will take over in July 2023.
Gay is regarded as a leading voice on the issue of American political participation. In 2006, she joined Harvard as a professor of government and African and African American studies and has since explored a variety of issues, including how a range of social and economic factors shape political views and voting.
She currently serves as the Edgerley Family Dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.