Harvard gets first woman president

Appointment made following remarks about women by previous president.

    Faust is the first female president
    in Harvard's 371-year history [AFP]

    He later apologised for his remarks.
     
    He was also embroiled in a public feud with the African-American Studies department that erupted shortly after he became president in 2001.
     
    Faust also becomes the first president without a Harvard degree since Charles Chauncy, who graduated from Cambridge University, died in office in 1672.
     
    She attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also a professor of Southern history.
     
    The Harvard presidency is one of the most prestigious jobs in US higher education and the university has a budget of $30bn.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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