Harvard has announced that Dr. Drew Faust will be the next President of Harvard University. She received her doctorate in American history from Penn in 1975 and is currently the leader of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is a trustee of Bryn Mawr (her alma mater), the National Humanities Center, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Now, half of the Ivy League colleges are headed by women: Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Brown. (MIT is headed by Dr. Susan Hockfield, a neuroscientist.)
Three cheers for Harvard for finding an extraordinary woman to lead the university. We can hope that under Dr. Faust’s watch, Harvard will reverse the trend of diminishing female faculty in the sciences. Harvard has long been plagued by its status as a top research institution known for ignoring its undergraduates. Dr. Faust, as the graduate of Bryn Mawr and a notably talented professor, can make this a priority.