The Post Millennial reported that former President Barack Obama is being considered to replace Dr. Claudine Gay as president of Harvard University.
Obama, a Harvard graduate, previously advocated for retaining the embattled former president, who was found guilty of more than four dozen accounts of plagiarism and condoning racism on campus.
Gay resigned under pressure several weeks ago, following her detractors accusing her of racism.
The Post Millennial wrote: “While no official list of names has been published, rumors have swirled online that Barack Obama could be among those considered for the role.”
The controversy has thrust Harvard into a negative spotlight. Reportedly, enrollment is down and donor support is expected to plunge by more than $100,000,000.
According to the Daily Mail, Harvard is very motivated to expedite the search for a new leader — someone who “will include broad engagement and consultation with the Harvard community in the time ahead.”
In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, Robert Putnam, a Harvard professor emeritus of public policy spoke to the possibility of Barack Obama serving as the school’s next leader.
Dr. Putnam shared that he doubted the former president would accept the role if offered, though he did add that it would be “highly desirable” to see “a person of color, or a woman, or even better, both” take over for Gay.
Interestingly, GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy would say Putnam’s statement is the kind of racism Gay said embodied those who opposed her leadership.
Obama’s reported private lobbying “on Gay’s behalf as she faced pressure to resign in the wake of her disastrous appearance before the congressional hearing on antisemitism” was not enough to save her position.
Gay wrote in her resignation letter:
“It is with a heavy heart but a deep love for Harvard that I write to share that I will be stepping down as president. This is not a decision I came to easily. Indeed, it has been difficult beyond words because I have looked forward to working with so many of you to advance the commitment to academic excellence that has propelled this great university across centuries.
“After consultation with members of the Corporation,” 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.”
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