NYT piles on, breaks new news

The New York Times has finally chimed in with some new tidbits:

Lawrence H. Summers, the president of Harvard University, has decided to resign and is expected to make his decision public later today or tomorrow, three officials affiliated with the university said today.

Someone has finally gone past the two anonymous Wall Street Journal sources, so I think it’s finally safe to say that the fat lady is singing loudly. Another interesting revelation:

Derek Bok, who served as president of Harvard from 1971 to 1991, and before that as dean of the law school, is expected to step in as interim president, starting in July, according to a university official.

A new president by next fall. Would the first female president of Harvard be too not subtle?

UPDATE 1:15 pm: The Crimson is now reporting the same thing.

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6 responses to “NYT piles on, breaks new news

  1. The Crimson just removed the ‘report’ disclaimer from their story: they have it confirmed that President Summers will step down at the end of the academic year.

  2. How about a woman of color? Now that would be something…

  3. It would actually be in the best interests of the school to just find the most qualified female candidate for the position (I’m sure there are a ton). That would be the path of least resistance, the easiest choice, and not necessarily a bad idea.

  4. Why not the best person for the job? Period. Who cares if it’s a woman or not?

  5. I have an idea: why not someone with a vision for the university? Oh wait, no, the faculty might have an attack of the vapors….

  6. Agreed, Anonymous at 5:28. Just getting a woman doesn’t mean that she would silence all controversy and have a more smooth tenure.

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