Harvard inaugurates Claudine Gay, the university’s first Black president

Harvard University inaugurated Claudine Gay as its 30th president − the first person of color and second woman to lead the Ivy League institution.

Since 2018, Gay served as dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the university’s largest and most academically diverse faculty, according to her biography page. She first joined Harvard in 2006 as a professor of government, then began teaching African American studies the year after.

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