Claudine Gay will resign as Harvard president

Her tenure lasted just over six months.

Claudine Gay
Harvard President Claudine Gay testifies at a congressional hearing Dec. 5. (House Committee on Education & the Workforce/YouTube)

(The College Fix) — Claudine Gay will resign as president of Harvard University, the Ivy League school announced today.

She has repeatedly faced plagiarism accusations, including a fresh complaint filed just yesterday. Gay appeared to blame the criticism at least partially on “racial animus” toward her as a black woman.

“My deep sense of connection to Harvard and its people has made it all the more painful to witness the tensions and divisions that have riven our community in recent months, weakening the bonds of trust and reciprocity that should be our sources of strength and support in times of crisis,” she wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

“Amidst all of this, it has been distressing to have doubt cast on my commitments to confronting hate and to upholding scholarly rigor — two bedrock values that are fundamental to who I am — and frightening to be subjected to personal attacks and threats fueled by racial animus,” she wrote.

Gay’s resignation comes less than a month after she and the presidents of the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology faced criticism for their handling of antisemitism on campus. Gay took office beginning in July 2023.

Penn’s president, Liz Magill, resigned soon after the hearing, where all three were asked by New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik if “calling for the genocide of Jews” violated the school’s conduct code. MIT President Sally Kornbluth remains in office.

The Harvard Crimson reported:

“The Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — is expected to announce the resignation to Harvard affiliates in an email later today. Gay is also expected to make a statement about the decision.
The announcement comes three weeks after the Corporation announced unanimous support for Gay after ‘extensive deliberations’ following the congressional hearing.”

The Crimson reported Gay’s time in office is the “shortest presidency” in school history.

Journalist Christopher Rufo, who was one of the first to publish an investigation into Gay’s plagiarism, took a victory lap on X, formerly known as Twitter. So did independent journalist Chris Brunet, who teamed up with Rufo to publish plagiarism accusations against Gay.

“To all of my critics who snidely dismissed me as a ‘bad-faith actor’ and a ‘cartoon villain’: I was right. You were wrong. Gay is gone,” Rufo wrote.

The university originally cleared Gay of plagiarism accusations, but looked at just three of her papers. The university also reportedly threatened the New York Post with a defamation lawsuit for continuing to ask questions about plagiarism.

The Crimson editorial board defended Gay and said she should stay, while others, including a member of the school’s honor council, recently called on her to resign.

“There is one standard for me and my peers and another, much lower standard for our University’s president,” the student wrote several days ago in the student newspaper. “The Corporation should resolve the double standard by demanding her resignation.”

This article was originally published at The College Fix and reprinted here with permission. 


Matt Lamb

Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.