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Claudine Gay ’88 named dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard

November 8, 2018
Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay ’88 is the new Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

Gay, a trustee at Exeter since 2017 and member of the Harvard faculty since 2006, is the founding chair of the university’s Inequality in America Initiative. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford and her doctorate from Harvard.

“Claudine Gay is an eminent political scientist, an admired teacher and mentor, and an experienced leader with a talent for collaboration and a passion for academic excellence,” Harvard President Larry Bacow said in a statement announcing the appointment. “She is a scholar of uncommon creativity and rigor, with a strong working knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the FAS. She radiates a concern for others, and for how what we do here can help improve lives far beyond our walls. I am confident she will lead the FAS with the vitality and the values that characterize universities at their best.”

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the fall 2018 issue of The Exeter Bulletin.