Embattled Harvard President Gay resigns

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Harvard University President Claudine Gay announced Tuesday afternoon that she will step aside, following new accusations of plagiarism. Her resignation comes just six months after she was appointed in the top job.

Gay’s departure follows heightened scrutiny of allegations that she plagiarized parts of some of her published works and in the wake of a controversial appearance before Congress last month.

At that Dec. 5 hearing, Gay, along with the presidents of the University of Pennsylvania and MIT, struggled to provide clear answers when asked about their policies in cases where students advocate genocide against Jews. Penn’s president, Liz Magill, resigned after that testimony, but Harvard’s highest governing board initially rejected calls that Gay be removed.

In a statement Tuesday, Harvard’s governing board named Alan M. Garber, the university’s provost and chief academic officer, as interim president until a new leader is chosen.

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