R.I.P. Harvard President Larry Summers

This is a travesty. Harvard President Larry Summers was forced out yesterday after enduring yet another round of verbal and professional assaults from his professorial colleagues. Here’s the letter he sent to Harvard students:

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

I write to let you know that, after considerable reflection, I have notified the Harvard Corporation that I will resign as President of the University as of June 30, 2006. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have served Harvard in this role, and I will treasure the continuing friendship and support of so many exceptional colleagues and students at Harvard.

Below are links to my letter to the community, as well as a letter from the members of the Corporation and a related news release.


Larry Summers

Here are the links he included:

His farewell letter.

The letter from the board.

A news account.

The behavior of the faculty is a disgrace to the university and a dramatic example of the totalitarian control that the campus left exerts over its administrators. Here’s my column on the issue.