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ERIC Number: EJ764805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-22
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Right Person, Right Time
Pluviose, David
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n3 p19-21 Mar 2007
This article discusses the appointment of Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust as the first woman named president of Harvard University, which marks a diversity high point in the storied history of the nation's oldest university. At age 9, Faust famously wrote to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower calling for an end to segregation. And in her current role as a noted historian of the Civil War and Black culture, Faust has shown a profound understanding of the dynamics of race in America. Currently dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study, Faust earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and worked her way through the faculty ranks before moving on to Harvard. Faust's appointment means that half of the presidents of Ivy League universities are women, and comes as a relief to many critics of her predecessor, Dr. Lawrence Summers. Nevertheless, Dr. Amy Gutmann, Penn's president and an ardent supporter of Faust, says the Ivy League has a long way to go when it comes to promoting diversity across the board.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania