Board of Overseers

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.

Alumni

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"
University

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.

HAA

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.

HAA

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
Politics

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
College

“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.

“Free Harvard, Fair Harvard” Debate
Central Administration

Unz Defends 'Free Harvard, Fair Harvard' in Debate

Much like his campaign for Board of Overseers, Ron Unz’s debate debut was unconventional and almost did not happen.

University

Yoshino, Haughey Will Take Overseers Reins

​Kenji Yoshino ’91, a constitutional law professor at New York University, will serve as the next president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, the University announced Monday. Nicole P. Haughey ’93 will serve as the vice chair of the Overseers Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 academic year.

"Free Harvard, Fair Harvard"
Alumni

Alumni Escalate Fight Against Outside Overseers Contenders

Prominent Harvard graduates, most notably from a pro-affirmative action group of nearly 700 alumni, are ramping up efforts to oppose a controversial outsider campaign for the University's Board of Overseers.

Central Administration

With Low Expectations, Overseers Candidate Launches Impromptu Senate Bid

Ron K. Unz ’83, a controversial outsider candidate for Harvard’s Board of Overseers, is setting his sights on an even more prestigious governing body: the United States Senate.