Board of Overseers

Harvard University President Drew G. Faust
Drew Faust

Recalling Secrecy and Stealth, Faust Recounts Presidential Search

Harvard’s presidential searches are famous for their secrecy, as the search committee endeavors to fend off national media scrutiny and Crimson reporters in pursuit of a scoop.

Loeb House
Drew Faust

Presidential Search Committee Convenes Behind Closed Doors

As they left Loeb House on an unseasonably warm Monday morning, several search committee members declined to comment on the subject of Sunday’s meeting.

Faust at 2021 Convocation
Drew Faust

Presidential Search Remains in ‘Information-Gathering Mode’

The search for Harvard’s next president remains in “information-gathering mode” and has not yet discussed individual candidates, according to members of the committee leading the search.

Board of Overseers

Three Overseers Named to Search Committee

In an email Tuesday, the Corporation's senior fellow also solicited suggestion for “individuals you believe warrant serious consideration as possible candidates,” and listed a series of criteria the selection committee is considering.

Faust and Lee
Drew Faust

As Harvard Gears Up for Presidential Search, Past Efforts Shed Light on Process

While Harvard will conduct the process from behind closed doors, its past presidential searches shed light on how one of the world’s most prestigious schools will choose its next leader.


Five Alumni Elected to Overseers

Paul L. Choi ’86, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar ’93, Carla Harris ’84, Leslie P. Tolbert ’73, and Darienne B. Driver were elected to the University's second-highest governing body.

Central Administration

Abell, Palandjian to Lead Board of Overseers

Scott A. Abell ’72 will serve as president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for the 2017-18 academic year.

"Free Harvard, Fair Harvard"

Coalition for Diverse Harvard Releases Endorsements for Overseers Election

​An alumni coalition focused on increasing diversity at Harvard endorsed five candidates in this year’s Board of Overseers election.

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University Finances

David Rockefeller, Major Harvard Donor, Dies at 101

David Rockefeller '36 donated at least $140 million to the University, making him one of Harvard's most generous financial supporters.


Alumni Association Nominates Eight for Overseers Election

​Harvard has nominated eight alumni to fill five spots on the Board of Overseers, the University’s second highest governing body, that will become vacant later this year.


Bar Will Be Raised for Overseer Petition Candidates After Controversial Ticket

The Board of Overseers will also replace paper ballots with an online voting system as part of changes announced to how alumni elect Harvard's second-highest governing body.

"Free Harvard, Fair Harvard"
Central Administration

Outside Overseers Ticket Comes Up Empty-Handed

​None of the five Harvard alumni who ran on an outside ticket—dubbed “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard”— for Harvard’s Board of Overseers were elected to the body, the University announced Monday.

Ralph Nader

In Crowded Overseers Race, Ralph Nader Stands Out

A five-time U.S. presidential candidate and longtime public figure, Nader—a Harvard Law School graduate who built his career on consumer protection activism and environmentalism—seemed an odd fit for a University governing board, much less as a member of Unz’s “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” ticket.

"Free Harvard, Fair Harvard"
Central Administration

Overseers Candidate Donates to ‘Quasi-White Nationalist’ Group

Over the course of his career as a conservative intellectual and political activist, Ron K. Unz ’83—now a candidate for Harvard’s Board of Overseers and U.S. Senate in the state of California—has donated tens of thousands of dollars to an organization he describes as “quasi-white nationalist.”

“Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” Debate

“Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” Debate

Ron K. Unz ’83, Daniel J. Solomon ’16, and Luran J. He ’18 debated “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard,” which calls on the University to eliminate undergraduate tuition, in Harvard Hall Sunday afternoon. Unz, a candidate for Harvard’s Board of Overseers, is running on the “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” platform.