Board of Overseers
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.
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.
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.
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.
An alumni coalition focused on increasing diversity at Harvard endorsed five candidates in this year’s Board of Overseers election.
David Rockefeller '36 donated at least $140 million to the University, making him one of Harvard's most generous financial supporters.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.