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Lawrence Bacow, former Tufts president, will be new Harvard University president

Sunday - 11/02/2018 16:27
Bacow’s selection comes “at a moment when the value of higher education is being questioned, at a moment when the fundamental truth of fact-based inquiry is being questioned and called into doubt,” Lee said.

CAMBRIDGE — Lawrence S. Bacow, the lawyer, economist, and former longtime president of Tufts University, will be the next president of Harvard University, the university trustees announced on Sunday.

The choice ends a months-long search for a successor to Drew Gilpin Faust, who is set to retire in June. Bacow was a member of the search committee that ultimately tapped him. Harvard announced the news at a Sunday afternoon press conference in Cambridge.

“We wanted someone who could hit the ground running, because neither we nor higher education have time to spare,” said William F. Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and chairman of Harvard’s presidential search committee.

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