Monday, February 05, 2007

Reinstatement of Summers

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. ;-)

1 comment:

  1. It is quite an amusing development. I am surprised at that fast decision.

    However I doubt the Summers will become Havard President again! Remember, Summers was NOT fired or laid off by Harvard. He submitted his resignation, on his own decision based on his own free will. He decided on his own that he does NOT want the job.

    What makes you think that now just because the Harvard Board of Directors want him back, and he will reverse his resignation decision and come back? A man with integrity should not swing easily on important decisions he makes.

    Summer surely is one with personal integrity and personal dignity. A man in his position certainly has plenty of better things to do than serving as Harvard President. If I were Summers, I would look forward once I walk away from a place, instead of walk back ward. What if something unhappy happened and he needs to resign a second time? No. I do not think Summer's self dignity would allow him to accept the Harvard Offer. No way!

    Too bad Harvard! You let some one good go and you should not expect to get him back! Not so easy!