Claudine Gay resigned as Harvard president on Tuesday. Harvard's provost, Alan M. Garber '76, will become interim president immediately.
“This is not a decision I came to easily,” Gay, Harvard's 30th president, told the community. I had looked forward to working with so many of you to further the academic excellence that has driven this great University for centuries.”
She added, “it has become clear that it is in the best interests of Harvard for me to resign so that our community can navigate this moment of extraordinary challenge with a focus on the institution rather than any individual.”
Gay stated, “I believe in Harvard people because I see in you the possibility and the promise of a better future.” These last weeks have shown us what we need to do to build that future:
combat bias and hate in all its forms, create a learning environment in which we respect each other's dignity and treat each other with compassion,
and affirm our enduring commitment to open inquiry and free expression in the pursuit of truth. In their letter to the community, Harvard Corporation fellows honored Gay and lauded her devotion to Harvard and its people.
“First and foremost, we thank President Gay for her deep and unwavering commitment to Harvard and academic excellence,” the fellows said.
“She passionately supports Harvard's mission of education and research and cares deeply about its talented, creative, and energetic people.