Claudine Gay had been chosen as the 30th president of Harvard University.
Claudine Gay is a university administrator and a political scientist. She is the Edgerley Family Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African-American Studies at Harvard. She is a vice president of the Midwest Political Science Association.
Gay’s research focuses on American political behavior, such as voter turnout and race and identity politics. On December 15, 2022, Harvard declared that Claudine Gay had been chosen as the 30th president of Harvard University, with her term starting on July 1, 2023. She’ll be Harvard’s first black president.
Read on to know everything regarding her personal and professional life.
Know About Claudine’s Gay Husband, Dr. Christopher Afendulis
ClaudineGay 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.
Harvard Chose Claudine Gay To Be Its Next President: First Black Woman To Hold The Position
Harvard University named Claudine Gay, the school’s dean of Faculty Arts and Sciences, as its 30th president on Thursday. She is the first Black person and only the second woman to hold the job.
Gay, the daughter of Haitian immigrants who became a professor at Harvard in 2006, will take over as president of the prestigious, almost 400-year-old Ivy League school from Lawrence Bacow. In July 2023, she will be in charge.
Penny Pritzker, secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department under President Barack Obama and chair of the search committee, stated in a written statement, “Claudine is a remarkable leader who is deeply committed to keeping and improving Harvard’s academic excellence.”
Gay first came to Harvard as a graduate student in government in the 1990s. He brought “a futon, a Macintosh computer, and a cast-iron skillet for cooking plantains.” In 1998, Gay got her Ph.D. there in government. She taught at Stanford, where she went to college, for five years. In 2006, she went back to Harvard to teach political science and African-American studies.
Gay said that she wants to lead a university that is close to the outside world. She said that Harvard’s “ivory tower” reputation is “the past, not the future.”
Gay said that meant a continued commitment to providing generous financial aid, a role in bringing people together to talk about important issues and growing “communities of learners who might never set foot in Harvard Yard” through remote continuing education. She was an easy choice for president because she had been dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, one of the university’s most important jobs, since 2018.