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February 21, 2006

Summers Resigns as Harvard President

Lawrence Summers has resigned as president of Harvard University--he will step down at the end of the 2005/06 academic year.

His tenure at Harvard has been controversial--his comments last year that gender differences between the sexes might explain why there are fewer women n science and math resulted in a vote of no confidence from the faculty. Just this past weekend, the former dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Peter Ellison, gave an exclusive interview with the Boston Globe in which he said Summers should resign. Ellison also gave an example of other remarks made by Summers which concerned him.

Over lunch not long after Summers took over the presidency in 2001, Ellison said, Summers suggested that some funds should be moved from a sociology program to the Kennedy School, home to many economists and political scientists. ''President Summers asked me, didn't I agree that, in general, economists are smarter than political scientists, and political scientists are smarter than sociologists?" Ellison said. ''To which I laughed nervously and didn't reply."

Posted by kfolger at February 21, 2006 03:00 PM


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