Harvard Names Its First Black President, Outgoing Mass. Gov. Baker to Head NCAA

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Claudine Gay

Harvard University elected its current Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean Claudine Gay to be the 30th president of the university. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Gay will be the first Black person and second woman to hold the post in the university’s 386-year history. She has been a professor of government and of African-American studies at Harvard since 2006. She’ll succeed  Lawrence Bacow, who announced last summer that he would step down in June 2023.

The NCAA chose outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker as its next president, succeeding Mark Emmert, effective March 1, 2023. Baker’s second term as governor ends Jan. 5, 2023. Emmert, who earlier served as chancellor of the University of Connecticut, spent 12 years as head of the national athletics consortium.

Massachusetts Gov.-elect Maura Healey named former Lynn (Mass.) Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Tutwiler to be the Bay State’s next secretary of education. Most recently working as a senior program officer for education at the Barr Foundation, Tutwiler will succeed James Peyser, who has served as education secretary since 2015.

Brown University appointed Harvard University engineering dean Francis J. Doyle III to be the Providence Ivy League university’s next provost. Doyle will succeed Richard M. Locke, who is leaving Brown to become dean and vice president of Apple University. Larry Larson, emeritus dean of Brown’s School of Engineering, will serve as interim provost until Doyle takes over in July 2023.


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