She won’t be leading the Crimson, but green shouldn’t be a problem.
Outgoing Harvard President Claudine Gay will still likely earn nearly $900,000 a year despite being forced to resign her position as the school’s top administrator.
Political Science professor Gay — who stepped down amid a tempest of allegations she did not do enough to combat antisemitism and academic plagiarism Tuesday — will now return to a position on the Cambridge, Mass., school’s faculty.
Prior to being named president just six months ago, Gay earned $879,079 as a Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean in 2021 and $824,068 in 2020, according to records published by the university.
Her new position was not specified Tuesday, but she is expected to receive a salary comparable with what she previously received — if not higher.
It was also unclear how much of her presidential salary of roughly $1 million Gay would be entitled to after only serving in the post for six months.
Her predecessor, Lawrence Bacow, pulled in $1.3 million annually before his departure, according to the Harvard Crimson.
Alan M. Garber, who currently serves as provost and chief academic officer, will serve as interim president until the school selects a new chief, officials said Tuesday.
House GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik — a Harvard graduate who emerged as Gay’s chief critic — ripped the decision to allow her to remain on the faculty.
Stefanik argued that Gay’s plagiarism charges are an indelible stain that mars the school’s legitimacy.
“She’s not fit to be a faculty member,” Stefanik told The Post.
“It’s unacceptable when you have students at Harvard who would be expelled for plagiarism to allow a faculty member who has nearly 50 examples of plagiarism in their very slim body of academic work. It’s absurd and everybody know it. Harvard knows it too.”
A member of Harvard’s student Honor Council also accused administrators of having differing ethical standards for faculty and students.
“Gay’s getting off easy,” the anonymous student told the school paper, noting the simple omission of a quotation mark or absent citation could result in serious consequences such as one term of probation and the stripping away of the student’s “good standing” status.
Following Gay’s departure, there are rumblings that the board which publicly stuck by her until the very end should also be shaken up.
Visiting Chemistry scholar Frank Laukien singled out billionaire Chicago hotel owner and Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation Penny Pritzker, telling the New York Times she should “share accountability and resign immediately.”
He added in an email: “We need multiple new independent members on the Harvard Corporation that are not tainted by recent events and failures, and who are not part of the long-standing cronyism at the top of Harvard.”
Gay — who said she was stepping down to allow the school to stabilize amid the firestorm — added in her resignation statement she’s looking forward to returning to a faculty post “and to the scholarship and teaching that are the lifeblood of what we do.”