Lawrence Bacow Will Be Next Harvard President

Lawrence Bacow to become Harvard's 29th president

Lawrence Bacow to become Harvard's 29th president

The appointment concludes a search that started previous year, when Faust, the first woman to serve as the school's president, announced her decision to step down.

Bacow, a longtime academic leader with expertise in environmental policy and higher education, will be the next president of Harvard University.

"Larry Bacow is one of the most accomplished, admired, insightful, and effective leaders in American higher education", William Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and chair of the presidential search committee, said in a statement.

He also says in the video that this may be the first time that people are challenging the value of higher education, and argues that higher education should be defended, both for its impact on students and society. "Larry will provide just that".

Bacow is now the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Center for Public Leadership.

The 66-year-old is a native of Pontiac, Michigan, and son of immigrants - his father a refugee from Eastern Europe and his mother a survivor of Auschwitz.

Harvard University on Sunday announced that its next president will be Lawrence S. Bacow, former president of Tufts University.

"The Harvard I have known has always stood for at least three things: the pursuit of truth, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and opportunity", Bacow said after being elected to the role by the Harvard Corp. with the consent of the university's Board of Overseers.

Bacow, who was born in MI the son of immigrant parents, attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds three degrees from Harvard.

"We should never shy away from nor be apologetic about affirming our commitment to making the world a better place through our teaching and scholarship and our commitment to truth, excellence, and opportunity for all". His scholarly work has touched on many subjects, including environmental policy, bargaining and negotiation, economics, law, public policy and higher education. Bacow assumes the office July 1, when Faust steps down. She has been president since 2007.

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