June 14, 2017

Here Are Highlights of the Faust Years at Harvard

In 2007, Drew Gilpin Faust became president of Harvard University, serving as the institution’s first female president. After a 10-year tenure, Ms. Faust said on Wednesday that she would step down.

Ms. Faust led the university through various changes and scandals, including shifts in how the college offered financial aid to middle-income families, the men’s soccer team’s sexually explicit ranking of the women’s soccer team, and the college’s ban on single-gender social clubs after a blistering sexual-assault report.

Her tenure also included changes in the management of Harvard’s endowment, the country’s wealthiest, checking in at $35.7 billion in 2016.

Here’s a look at some of the lasting policy changes and controversies during Ms. Faust’s leadership of Harvard University.

Some observers dismiss a year of bad returns as of little consequence for the world’s richest university. Others see a cautionary tale over how elite institutions use and invest their endowments.

Rosa Ines Rivera gave voice to struggling campus service workers.

Six athletes who were physically ranked by their male peers chose not to remain anonymous. Instead, they have positioned themselves as activists, pressing for broader change.

The university determined that the practice was widespread across the team and had persisted for years.

President Drew Gilpin Faust said the university was preparing for the endowment, the largest of any higher-education institution, to fall 30 percent for the year.

The university's move to crack down on its infamous "final clubs" follows growing criticism from those who assert that the groups foster a misogynistic culture.

A university task force called out the prestigious "final clubs" for fostering a culture of "sexual entitlement." Harvard isn’t the first institution to grapple with the challenges posed by such groups, which wield outsize influence on campuses but operate with little oversight.

Flexing its financial muscles, Harvard University announced on Monday a new plan designed to make enrollment more affordable for students from middle- and upper-middle-income families.