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53-year-old African-American woman breaks Harvard University 400-year record, becomes its first black president

A 53-year-old African-American woman named Claudine Gay has broken Harvard University’s 400-year record as she was appointed the institution’s first-ever black president.

Claudine Gay who migrated from Haiti to the United States with her family fifty years ago made history as Harvard University’s first-ever black president and the second woman to be appointed president since the university’s inception.

Claudine joined Harvard University in 2006 as a government professor. Prior to assuming the role of president, she spent five years as the Edgerley Family Dean, leading Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

She also served as the dean of the social science faculty from 2015 to 2018 at the university. Claudine was sworn in as the university’s president in September 2023 as the 30th president of the prestigious university.

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“I stand before you on this stage with the weight and the honor of being a first, able to say, ‘I am Claudine Gay, the president of Harvard University,’” she said in her inauguration speech, according to WCVB.

Claudine bagged her bachelor’s degree in Economics at Stanford University and then proceeded to Harvard University for her doctorate degree in Political science.

She is a leading scholar in political behavior, specializing in race and politics in America. Claudine is also a dedicated educator and mentor who teaches courses on topics like racial politics and democratic citizenship.

 

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Claudine also currently serves on the boards of the Pew Research Center, Phillips Exeter Academy, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

 

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