A Crimson Commonwealth: The Harvard Alumni Who Run Massachusetts
As Harvard affiliates continue to interact with and fill the Massachusetts government, it often falls to the University’s own to create policy and settle disagreements that directly affect Harvard. How does their time at the University influence the way they approach these disputes, and what is the effect of Harvard’s impact on Massachusetts leaders?
Harvard College Alum Ryosuke Takashima ’19-’22 Becomes Youngest Mayor in History of Japan
Following a decisive win in a unified local election on April 23, Harvard College alum Ryosuke Takashima ’19-’22 became the youngest mayor in Japanese history.
Harvard Alumni Association Will Retain Email Forwarding and Offer Service to Graduates, Following Outcry
The Harvard Alumni Association announced Monday that it will continue to offer email forwarding services for alumni in partnership with an external company, reversing course following alumni outcry.
Meredith Hodges ’03 Elected President of Harvard Board of Overseers
Meredith L. “Max” Hodges ’03, the executive director of Boston Ballet, was elected as president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for the 2023-24 academic year, the University announced on Thursday.
Four Earn 2023 Harvard Medals for Distinguished Service to the University
Four Harvard affiliates will receive the 2023 Harvard Medal for “extraordinary service” to the University, the Harvard Alumni Association announced last Thursday.
How the ‘Harvard Plan’ Shaped College Admissions and Campus Diversity
The “Harvard Plan” represented the University’s largest formal push to increase campus diversity, though students and activists had advocated for change for years prior. With affirmative action and the Harvard Plan in jeopardy, alumni, legal scholars, and administrators reflected on the push for campus diversity and how it changed the College’s student body.
Journalist Mary Louise Kelly ’93 to Speak at Harvard Alumni Day
Mary Louise Kelly ’93, the co-host of NPR’s flagship news program All Things Considered, will speak at the second annual Harvard Alumni Day event in June, the University announced Monday afternoon.
Hedge Fund CEO Ken Griffin ’89 Makes $300M Donation to FAS, Harvard to Rename GSAS in His Honor
Billionaire hedge fund CEO and Republican megadonor Kenneth C. Griffin ’89 donated $300 million to Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the University announced Tuesday morning. Harvard will rename the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences after Griffin, who has now given more than half a billion dollars to the University.
Arturo Elizondo ’14 Vows to Represent Those ‘Outside the Ivory Tower’ If Elected to Board of Overseers
Harvard Government concentrator turned food entrepreneur Arturo Elizondo ’14 is campaigning for a spot on the Board of Overseers, the University’s second-highest governing body.
Jeffrey Dunn ’77 Vows to Lead Harvard’s Fight to Protect Democracy if Elected
Jeffrey D. Dunn ’77 said he would bring an “insider’s and outsider’s” perspective if elected to the Board of Overseers, the University’s second-highest governing body, and stressed the importance of working to protect democracy amid global upheaval.
Fiona Hill Wants to Tackle Legacy Admissions on Harvard Board of Overseers
Fiona Hill is not a fan of legacy admissions. A first-generation college student who described her scholarship to attend graduate school at Harvard as “transformational,” Hill is making legacy admissions a cornerstone issue of her campaign for the Board of Overseers.
Former Harvard Alumni Association President Vanessa Liu ’96 Focuses on Diversity in BOO Bid
With the Supreme Court on the brink of upending affirmative action, Harvard Board of Overseers candidate Vanessa W. Liu ’96 said she intends to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, if elected to serve on the University’s second-highest governing body.
Harvard Board of Overseers Candidates Make Their Pitches
Eight candidates are on the ballot for an expected five vacancies in Harvard’s Board of Overseers — the University’s second-highest governing body — while a ninth seeks to stage a write-in campaign. Voting began today and lasts until May 16, with all Harvard graduates who received their degree as of Jan. 1 eligible to vote except administrators and faculty.
Sylvia Burwell ’87 Pledges to Promote ‘Inclusive Excellence’ on the Harvard Board of Overseers
Since becoming the president of American University in 2017, Sylvia M. Burwell ’87 has acquired nearly six years of experience working with a university’s governing board. Now, she wants to join one for the next six years.
Srishti Gupta Narasimhan ’97 Campaigns on Inclusivity and Interdisciplinary Thinking
Srishti K. Gupta Narasimhan ’97 is running a campaign for the Board of Overseers focused on promoting diversity, cultivating interdisciplinary thinking, and supporting the future of higher education.
Harvard Graduate School of Design Graduate Tapped as Vice Chair of Civic Design Commission
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu ’07 announced the appointment of Linda Eastley, an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, to the vice chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission in late February.
Harvard Graduate School of Education Celebrates 21st Annual Alumni of Color Conference
The Harvard Graduate School of Education held its 21st annual Alumni of Color Conference on Friday and Saturday, marking the first fully in-person iteration of the conference since the start of the pandemic.
Thomas Lee ’65, Harvard Donor and Billionaire Private Equity Investor, Dies at 78
Thomas H. Lee ’65, a billionaire private equity investor and prominent donor to Harvard, died on Thursday at 78, according to family friend and spokesperson Michael Sitrick.
Journalist Sewell Chan ’98 Elected Chief Marshal of Alumni
Sewell Chan ‘98, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, was elected to serve as this year’s chief marshal for the class of ’98, according to a press release earlier this month.
Forty Women Accuse James Toback ’66 of Sexual Assault, NYC Harvard Club of Negligence
Forty women made sweeping allegations of sexual assault in a lawsuit against James L. Toback ’66 and the Harvard Club of New York City late last year, alleging Toback repeatedly used his membership at the private alumni venue to abuse five of the plaintiffs.
Harvard Alum Petitions Supreme Court of India to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Utkarsh Saxena, who earned a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 2014 and an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School in 2020, said he faced “a lot of phobia” around his identity. Now, Saxena is petitioning the Supreme Court of India to legalize same-sex marriage.
Free Speech Advocate Running Outsider Campaign for Harvard Board of Overseers Will Not See Name on Ballot
Harvey A. Silverglate, a 1967 Harvard Law School graduate who is staging an outsider campaign for election to the Harvard Board of Overseers, said he will probably not meet the signature threshold to see his name on the ballot, but pledged to continue his bid with a write-in campaign.
Five Harvard Grads Among Newly Elected Members of 118th Congress
Five Harvard graduates, including four Democrats, were among the freshman members of the 118th Congress sworn into office last week.
Students, Alumni Attend Tailgates
Students and alumni attended an unofficial tailgate on the lawn outside the Malkin Athletic Center.
‘Wonderful to be Back’: Alumni Return to Harvard Stadium for The Game
Hundreds of Harvard alumni flocked to campus to watch the Crimson take on its rival — the Yale Bulldogs — on Saturday.