Harvard President Claudine Gay faced backlash following a congressional hearing on campus antisemitism but will remain in her role, as confirmed by the Harvard Corporation.
The decision was supported by over 700 faculty members and the Harvard Alumni Association.
Gay’s statements during the hearing resulted in public outrage, with donors threatening to withhold donations and a Republican-led congressional committee launching an investigation into antisemitism at Harvard and other universities. (Trending: Hunter Biden’s Own Memoir Is Coming Back To Haunt Him In Criminal Trial)
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Harvard Corporation said in a statement, “Our extensive deliberations affirm our confidence that President Gay is the right leader to help our community heal and to address the very serious societal issues we are facing.”
“Harvard’s mission is advancing knowledge, research, and discovery that will help address deep societal issues and promote constructive discourse, and we are confident that President Gay will lead Harvard forward toward accomplishing this vital work,” continued the organization.
“We unequivocally reject the calls for Gay to resign. And we urge you: Do not allow Congress to tell the story of this moment on campus,” the board wrote.
Adding, “We are students at Harvard, and this is our campus. We have witnessed, firsthand, the vitriol of these past few months, and we would like to set the record straight.”
“For the good of free speech, of free inquiry, of a free democracy, Harvard — and Gay — must not yield,” insisted the board.
Gay later issued an apology, acknowledging the impact of her words and expressing regret.
“I am sorry. Words matter,” lamented the Harvard President.
“When words amplify distress and pain, I don’t know how you could feel anything but regret,” said Gay.