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Who is Alan Garber, interim Harvard president replacing Claudine Gay?

Harvard University’s longtime provost will take over as interim president after Claudine Gay resigned Tuesday following weeks of backlash over her disastrous House testimony about on-campus antisemitism — and numerous accusations of plagiarism in her academic work.

The Harvard Corporation confirmed that physician and economist Alan Garber will temporarily replace Gay while the school searches for a new leader.

The organization said the search for a new leader will begin “in due course” and “will include broad engagement and consultation with the Harvard community in the time ahead.”

The Post has contacted Garber for comment.

Gay announced her resignation Tuesday, writing in a statement: “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.

“[I]t 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.”

Gay served the shortest tenure in the school’s history, lasting only six months and one day. She was the first black leader at the nation’s most prestigious university.

Alan Garber will take over for Claudine Gay as Harvard’s president resigned Tuesday. Harvard Corporation described the academic as a “distinguished and wide-ranging scholar.” Harvard University
Gay announced her resignation Tuesday, making her presidency the shortest in the elite school’s history at just six months and two days. REUTERS

Garber’s ‘regret’ over Harvard’s statement on Israel-Hamas war

In November, Garber told the Harvard Crimson that he “regretted” the Ivy League’s initial statement on the Israel-Hamas war that has caused bitter divisions on campus.

“Our goal is to ensure that our community is safe, secure, and feels well supported — and that first statement did not succeed in that regard,” he told the school paper.

He said the antisemitism crisis on campus has been the most “serious” one he’s faced since joining Harvard.

“In my view, none has been as serious for the University as this one — and I’m even including Covid in that,” he said.

“The community was immediately divided, and that is not true of every crisis that we face,” he said of the conflict that began after Hamas’ shock Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

“It is a combustible situation, and one in which many people are grieving.”

Garber told the Harvard Crimson in November that he “regretted” the Ivy League’s initial statement on the Israel-Hamas War that has caused bitter divisions on campus. Getty Images

After the war broke out, a student on campus was surrounded by pro-Palestinian supporters who yelled “shame” at the young scholar.

Harvard also saw early admission drop 17%, with nearly 2,000 fewer students applying for a coveted spot at the Ivy League institution this year compared to last.

Who is Alan Garber?

Garber, described by Harvard Corporation as a “distinguished and wide-ranging scholar,” joined his alma mater Harvard 12 years ago and serves many roles at the institution.

including chief academic officer and teaches several subjects, such as health care policy at Harvard Medical School and economics.

Garber, right, joined the Ivy League 12 years ago, and serves many roles at the institution, including chief academic officer and teaches several subjects, such as health care policy at Harvard Medical School and economics. Boston Globe via Getty Images
Garber graduated from Harvard in 1977 and received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1982 before heading to Stanford Medical School, where he graduated with research honors in 1983.

Garber received his bachelor’s in economics from Harvard in 1976 and earned his master’s and Ph.D. in the field from the university in 1977 and 1982, respectively.

While pursuing the latter, he also enrolled at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he earned his MD in 1983.

The physician and economist became Harvard provost in August 2011 after he taught medicine, economics and health research and policy at Stanford for about 25 years, according to the Boston Globe.

While at the California school, he founded the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. He also served as a staff physician and worked within the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, according to his Harvard bio.

As Harvard provost, Garber oversees academic activities throughout the university and works directly with inter-school initiatives, faculty developments, research policy and international affairs, according to the university.

He also oversees the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Library, Harvard University Health Services, HarvardX, the American Repertory Theater and the Arnold Arboretum.

Harvard saw early admission drop 17%, with nearly 2,000 fewer students applying for their coveted spot at the school this year compared to last. scalle

Outside of his academic responsibilities, Garber is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, according to Harvard.

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