Friday, February 09, 2007

Drew Faust - Breaking Harvard Glass Ceiling

Harvard University has announced it will name its first woman president since its founding in 1636. The Washington Post reports:

Drew Gilpin Faust, 59, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a leading historian on the American South, will be formally appointed president as early as this weekend, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.
Faust replaces Lawrence Summers, whose tumultuous tenure was marked by controversial remarks he made about women.

Faust, a popular figure on campus known for her collegiality, will succeed the blunt Summers, an economist and former U.S. treasury secretary whose combative five-year tenure as president ended last year. His departure followed a faculty revolt after he suggested that the shortage of elite female scientists may stem in part from "innate" differences between men and women.

Many educators said Harvard's decision would send a message to other major research universities in the country -- 14 percent of which are headed by women.
With Faust's selection, half of the eight Ivy League schools will be run by women: Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Brown University.

Faust will end the succession of 27 white men who have held the president's title at America's oldest institution of higher education. She will take the reins from Derek Bok, 75, a former 20-year Harvard president who took over as interim leader when Summers left.
Women are well over 50 percent of student bodies at many schools, it's time we see more women in leadership positions. Congratulations President Faust!


Sissy Willis said...

"It's time we see more women in leadership positions" reminds me of the assertion by many in the media that women, no matter their political philosophy, will vote for socialist-lite Hillary simply because she's a woman.

If women are worth their salt, they surely will be looking beyond the fact that a candidate happens to have been born with two X chromosoomes and examine the content of her character before casting their vote.

"I love watching Harvard sink into the swamp of mediocrity"

BAC said...

The current occupant of the White House has set the bar about as low as it could possibly go.