Harvard Names First Woman President
Drew Gilpin Faust was named Harvard University's first female president.
Fifty-nine-year-old Faust is dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a scholar of the American South. With her appointment, Faust becomes one of four female presidents that preside over the eight Ivy League schools.
She was appointed by Harvard's Board of Overseers on Sunday, and the appointment is effective July 1.
Faust will be taking over from Pres. Derek Bok, who is serving on an interim basis following the resignation of former president Lawrence Summers. Summers' resignation could have been affected by comments he made regarding women's issues. Faust headed two faculty task forces examining gender diversity at Harvard, born in the aftermath of Summers' comments.
*A note about story structure: In the Associated Press coverage which appeared in the Star Tribune, the focus of the story was on the significance of Harvard's first female president. The top of the story included the fact that now half of the eight Ivy Leagues have female presidents and a quote from Faust. The bottom of the story includes background information about Faust that a reader would not find essential to the story. Her credentials are dispersed throughout the story surfacing only when they are relevant to the topic at hand, not listed together. Although it may seem confusing, I think this is better for the reader because a long list of credentials would bore them until they quit reading.