On January 2, 2024, Harvard University’s president, Claudine Gay, stepped down amid accusations of plagiarism and criticism for her testimony during a congressional hearing. In the hearing, she struggled to clearly state whether calls for the genocide of Jews on campus would violate the school’s conduct policy.
This resignation comes shortly after the University of Pennsylvania’s president, Liz Magill, also resigned following a similar hearing on December 9, 2023. Claudine Gay, Harvard’s first black president, announced her departure in a letter to the Harvard community, just a few months into her tenure.
After her resignation, there has been a growing interest among people in Claudine’s personal and professional life. In this post, we will delve into her married life, explore details about her husband, and also take a closer look at her career endeavors as she resigns from her position.
Who Is Claudine’s Gay Husband, Dr. Christopher Afendulis?
Claudine Gay is married to a healthcare policy expert, Dr. Christopher Afendulis. The couple has a son.
Chris Afendulis was a senior research analyst at CHP/PCOR. He works as an information systems analyst at Stanford University’s Department of Health Research and Policy. He is keen on the economics of health care, including how Medicare and Medicaid are paid for, how long-term care is provided, and how managed care affects the healthcare system. He got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.
Christopher C. Afendulis was a Lecturer of Health Care Policy from September 1, 2006, to February 28, 2015. He worked as a research associate in health care policy at Harvard Medical School from March 1, 2015, to April 1, 2018.
Resignation Of Harvard President Claudine Gay Amidst Plagiarism Allegations
Claudine Gay faced allegations of plagiarizing two paragraphs from the writings of former Harvard scholars, D. Stephen Voss and Bradley Palmquist. One of the paragraphs is almost identical, with only a few words being different.
Claudine faced additional accusations of plagiarism in her 1997 doctoral thesis, published by conservative activist Christopher Rufo on December 10. The Washington Free Beacon conducted its investigation, but by December 12, Harvard Corporation, overseeing the university, announced her clearance after a notably swift investigation, typically taking six to 12 months.
Despite acknowledgment that some of her academic work required correction, her position remained secure. However, ongoing plagiarism allegations persisted, leading to student complaints about potential disparities in punishment for similar violations. While some individuals she allegedly plagiarized expressed indifference, others, both within and outside the university, expressed concern.
On Tuesday, Claudine Gay announced her resignation, stating it was in the best interests of the university amid the ongoing controversies.
Despite facing a plagiarism scandal that led to her resignation, former Harvard president Claudine Gay will continue to receive an annual salary of approximately $900,000 from the university. Gay, aged 53, stepped down on Tuesday (Jan 2) following ongoing concerns about her leadership. She will still be part of the university staff, transitioning back to a teaching position in the political science department while maintaining a comparable salary.