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Drew Gilpin Faust is an American historian who served as the 28th president of Harvard University, the first woman in that role. She was Harvard’s first president since 1672 without an undergraduate or graduate degree from Harvard and the first to have been raised in the South. She is also the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has been ranked among the world’s most powerful women by Forbes, including as the 33rd most powerful in 2014.
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Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust was born on September 18, 1947 (age 76 years) in New York City, United States. She was raised in Clarke County, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. She is the daughter of Catharine Ginna (née Mellick) and McGhee Tyson Gilpin. Her father was a Princeton graduate and breeder of thoroughbred horses. Her paternal great-grandfather, Lawrence Tyson, was a U.S. senator from Tennessee during the 1920s. Faust also has New England ancestry and is a descendant of Jonathan Edwards, the third president of Princeton.
Faust graduated from Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts, in 1964. She earned a B.A., magna cum laude, with honors in history from Bryn Mawr College in 1968. She earned an M.A. in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and a Ph.D. in 1975, with a dissertation entitled “A Sacred Circle: The Social Role of the Intellectual in the Old South, 1840–1860”.
Drew Gilpin Faust joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty as an assistant professor of American civilization in 1957. A specialist in the history of the South in the antebellum period and Civil War, Faust rose to become Walter Annenberg Professor of History.
Faust is the author of six books, including Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (1996), for which she won both the Society of American Historians Francis Parkman Prize and the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians in 1997.
Her other works include James Henry Hammond and the Old South, a biography of James Henry Hammond, Governor of South Carolina from 1842 to 1844. This Republic of Suffering (2008) was a critically acclaimed exploration of how the United States’ understanding of death was shaped by the high losses during the Civil War. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.
In 2001, Faust was appointed the first dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which was established after the merger of Radcliffe College with Harvard University. On February 8, 2007, Faust was selected as the next president of the university. Following formal approval by the university’s governing boards, her appointment was made official three days later. Faust was the first woman to serve as president of Harvard University.
Drew Gilpin Faust replaced Lawrence Summers, who resigned on June 30, 2006, after a series of controversial statements that led to mounting criticism from members of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Derek Bok, who had served as president of Harvard from 1971 to 1991, returned to serve as an interim president during the 2006–2007 academic year.
During a press conference on campus, Drew Gilpin Faust said, “I hope that my own appointment can be one symbol of an opening of opportunities that would have been inconceivable even a generation ago.” She also added, “I’m not the woman president of Harvard, I’m the president of Harvard.”
On October 12, 2007, Faust delivered her installation address, saying, A university is not about results in the next quarter; it is not even about who a student has become by graduation. It is about learning that molds a lifetime, learning that transmits the heritage of millennia; learning that shapes the future.
In one of Faust’s first initiatives, she significantly increased financial aid offers to students at Harvard College. On December 10, 2007, Faust announced a new policy for middle-class and upper-middle-class students, which limited parental contributions to 10 percent for families making between $100,000 and $180,000 annually and replaced loans with grants.
In announcing the policy, Faust said, “Education is the engine that makes American democracy work…. And it has to work and that means people have to have access.” The new policy expanded on earlier programs that eliminated contributions for families earning less than $60,000 a year and greatly reduced costs for families earning less than $100,000. Similar policies were subsequently adopted by Stanford, Yale, and many other private U.S. universities and colleges.
In addition to promoting access to higher education, Faust has testified before the U.S. Congress to promote increased funding for scientific research and support of junior faculty researchers. She has made it a priority to revitalize the arts at Harvard and integrate them into the daily life of students and staff. Faust has worked to further internationalize the university. In addition, she has been a strong advocate for sustainability and has set an ambitious goal of reducing the university’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2016, including those associated with prospective growth, by 30 percent below Harvard’s 2006 baseline.
In May 2008, Christina Romer, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, was not offered tenure at Harvard despite support from the members of the Harvard Economics Department. At Harvard, the confidential nature of the process includes a panel that consists of outside experts and internal faculty members from outside the department.
Faust declined to discuss press reports related to Romer’s tenure case. Romer was later nominated by President Barack Obama to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. Also in Faust’s tenure, Harvard’s economics department witnessed an exodus of prominent faculty to Stanford and MIT, including Raj Chetty, Susan Athey, Guido Imbens, Drew Fudenberg, and Nobel Laureate Al Roth.
In the wake of a series of layoffs in June 2009, Faust was criticized for refusing to accept a pay cut that would have saved jobs. In the months preceding the layoffs, various campus groups called upon Faust and other administrators to reduce their salaries as a means of cutting costs campus-wide. Reports on Faust’s salary differ: The Boston Globe reports that Faust made $775,043 in the 2007–2008 school year, while The Harvard Crimson reported that Faust made $693,739 in salary and benefits for the 2008–2009 fiscal year.
In early 2009, the Harvard Corporation approved salary freezes for the president, deans, senior officers, management staff, and faculty, and offered an early retirement program. The University also undertook an involuntary reduction in staff of 2.4 percent of its employees.
Faust championed organic lawn management of the campus grounds and Harvard Yard during her tenure, including adopting the practices at Elmwood, the president’s house on Brattle Street. The move reduced the use of irrigation water by 30%, made Harvard Yard greener, and improved the health of the campus orchard. In December 2010, Faust and Stanford University president John L. Hennessy co-wrote an editorial in support of the passage of the DREAM Act. The legislation was not passed by the 111th United States Congress.
In 2011, Faust signed an agreement with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, JD ’76, to formally return the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program to campus after almost 40 years, following the repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law in December 2010.
In 2016, Harvard began to study its history with slavery following Faust’s public acknowledgement that the school was “directly complicit in America’s system of racial bondage”, then had a commemorative plaque installed on campus to honor the enslaved whose labor was exploited by the institution. Her successor, Lawrence Bacow, subsequently commissioned a formal study in 2019, continuing Faust’s work.
Drew Gilpin Faust retired as president of Harvard College in June 2018, succeeded by Lawrence Bacow. Four days after retiring from her position as president, she joined the board of Goldman Sachs. She retains her title as a professor of history at Harvard.
Drew Gilpin Faust is currently married to Charles E. Rosenberg, they had their wedding in 1980. Her husband is a historian of medicine at Harvard. She was her husband’s dissertation advisor. The couple have a daughter, Jessica Rosenberg, who is a Harvard graduate and works for The New Yorker. Faust also has a stepdaughter, Leah Rosenberg. She was previously married to her first husband Stephen Faust. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988 and treated that year. She has enjoyed good health since then. She has declined to speak with the media with more details about her diagnosis or treatment.
Drew Gilpin Faust net worth
How much is Drew Gilpin Faust worth? Drew Gilpin Faust net worth is estimated at around $5 million. Her main source of income is from her primary work as a Historian. Drew Gilpin Faust’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $399,352 dollars annually. Her remarkable achievements have earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. She is one of the richest and most influential historians in the United States. She stands at an appealing height of 1.68m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.