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Harvard Plans to Name First Female President

According to the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-harvard10feb10,1,3580617.story?page=1&coll=la-headlines-nation Harvard University is planning to name Drew Gilpin Faust the first female president in its 371-year history. She would succeed Lawrene H. Summers, the former president who contributed to his own downfall by questioning the ability of women to excel in the the science and math departments. Faust is a Civil War historian and the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is expected to be named as Harvard's 28th president on Sunday.

The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/10/education/10harvard.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=sloginreported that if Faust was ratified by the Board of Overseers, it would make Harvard the fourth Ivy League university to name a woman. Some Harvard professors raised last minute concerns that Faust might lack the toughness and vision to be a strong leader.