Dear Members of the HGSE Community,
As you may know, Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers announced his resignation today. Derek Bok, former Harvard president (1971-1991) and a University Professor who has taught at HGSE, will serve as interim president beginning on July 1. As the University enters this period of transition, I want to assure you that we will remain focused on our goals for the school. If there is one thing this year has proven, it is that the Harvard Graduate School of Education can thrive in a period of uncertainty. Over the next several months, we will continue in our efforts to recruit a stellar faculty, enroll talented students, and hire outstanding staff. I know that each of you is committed to this effort. I also want to assure you that I will keep you updated as I learn more about the University's searches for a new president as well as a permanent dean here at HGSE.
Later on, he denied tenure to hip-hop scholar Marcyliena Morgan, thus prompting Morgan and her husband, tenured professor Lawrence Bobo, to leave for Stanford.
If you look behind the window dressing, Larry Summers is the same kind of "liberal" as John Silber--one with deeply illiberal instincts.
The dubious merit of a 'hip-hop scholar' should be obvious...
He didn't always take the conservative position, his was the initiative providing free tuition for students from poor families.
I have known him personally. He can come across as a jerk, but if you are self confident and stand up to him, it's not that bad. But he was in a position of authority where people felt uncomfortable doing that.