I wonder how big a buy-out she got?

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

It is with a heavy heart but a deep love for Harvard that I write to share that I will be stepping down as president. This is not a decision I came to easily. Indeed, it has been difficult beyond words because I have looked forward to working with so many of you to advance the commitment to academic excellence that has propelled this great university across centuries. But, after consultation with members of the Corporation, it has become clear that it is in the best interests of Harvard for me to resign so that our community can navigate this moment of extraordinary challenge with a focus on the institution rather than any individual. …

Harvard President Resigns
New Plagiarism Allegations Force Out Claudine Gay
Backlash over Harvard’s response to antisemitism on campus led to increased scrutiny of her academic record.

And from The Harvard Crimson: A Law Firm Said Plagiarism Allegations Against Harvard President Gay Were ‘Demonstrably False.’ Then She Submitted Corrections.

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10 Responses to I wonder how big a buy-out she got?

  1. honest Uncle Bernie says:

    the invaluable NYPost is on top of the story. Looks like 900K. Every year in perpetuity? Nice gig!


    • uomatters says:

      One Gottfredson a year. I’d take that deal. You take that deal?

      • honest Uncle Bernie says:

        Don’t know. I would be terribly embarrassed. Probably look for some comparably overpaid gig in the private nonprofit sector? Might be hard to find though. She has been pretty well trashed. In a way I feel bad for her. She has been used. Very complicit in it, but still …

        • Anon says:

          pretty common for Deans returning to faculty ranks to retain , say,3/4 of their dean salary [ if the dean salary is 12 mos, and faculty salary 9 mos]. Also provosts, etc.
          Would be interested in hearing from some UO poly Sci prof as to why her slim CV in 2004 warranted a full prof position at Harvard at the tender age of 36.

          • old school ties says:

            She went to Phillips Exeter then Princeton, Stanford, and Harvard. With those sorts of old boys networks it takes some effort to fail.

            • Anon says:

              You are probably partly correct, but the puzzle to me is how her mentors/supporters at Harvard could honestly make the case that her 5-6 pubs by 2006 were of such quality as to warrant a full Prof position at Harvard. All of them are available in google scholar, and the citation rates seem not very high. Ditto for web-of-science. Perhaps the topics studied were so original that everyone was blown away; I would like to believe that this is the case. But I have my doubts.
              Her recent CV is here: https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/cgay/files/claudinegay_10-2022_0.pdf

  2. Anonymous says:

    Has the resignation letter been run through a plagiarism checker yet?

  3. CSN says:

    Some good context here. Whatever else you believe about higher ed admins, it’s pretty clear that this was a bad faith crusade aimed at severing a head and posting it at the proverbial gates.