Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
On behalf of Harvard’s governing boards, we write to inform you that a decision has been reached regarding Harvard’s next president. The search for Harvard’s next president has been a long and arduous process. Students, faculty, and alumni alike have dedicated countless hours throughout these past seven months. Special thanks are in order to the undergraduate student advisory committee: Whitney S. F. Baxter ’07, Katherine A. Beck ’08, and Vivek G. Ramaswamy ’07.
We are pleased to announce the reinstatement of Lawrence H. Summers as Harvard’s once and future president. We understand that the decision may come as a surprise to those that have been following the selection process. After reviewing the candidates, however, we have come to the conclusion that Dr. Summers is best suited to lead Harvard, particularly in our plans for Allston and beyond.
To address concerns regarding Dr. Summers’ previous tenure, we will be hosting an open forum discussion with Dr. Summers to be held in Sanders Theater on February 5, at 5:00 P.M. Three hundred seats will be available for undergraduate students, to be distributed by an open lottery. To enter the lottery, please call the Presidential Search Committee at (646) 642-3479, and leave your name and e-mail address. The deadline to enter is tonight, February 3, at midnight.
Again, thank you for your patience and support throughout this process.
The Presidential Search Committee
The Harvard Crimson didn't find it too amusing but I actually did. The idea that bureaucrats would once decide in the right way is something makes me smile, even if it is not quite reality. ;-)