Calls For Harvard President Claudine Gay Continue To Grow

After being questioned during a congressional hearing over increased antisemitism on campus, Harvard President Claudine Gay may now be fighting for her job.

Gay was questioned at the congressional hearing along with Sally Kornbluth, the president of MIT, and Liz Magill, the president of University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). The three presidents were questioned for more than five hours regarding their response to antisemitism on campus caused by the Israel-Gaza conflict.

While all three presidents expressed alarm at the rise of antisemitism on their campuses, they also said that it was their responsibility as leaders to ensure their campuses were places of “free expression and free thought.”

“There are some who have confused a right to free expression with the idea that Harvard will condone calls for violence against Jewish students. Let me be clear: calls for violence or genocide against the Jewish community, or any religious or ethnic group are vile, they have no place at Harvard,” Gay stated days after the hearing.

The words chosen by the presidents during the hearing have left many wondering, Republicans and Democrats alike, why they did not call for the demonstrators, known for spewing antisemitic hate speech, to be disciplined.

Gov. Josh Shapiro (D-PA) said the simple response was, “Yes, that violates our policy.” He then urged UPenn’s board to meet quickly regarding the future of Liz Magill, the school’s president. Magill has since resigned.

The Harvard Board is now facing increased pressure to ask their president to resign as well. On top of her performance at the congressional hearing, Gay was also accused of plagiarizing her PhD dissertation.

The Board will meet tonight with speculation that one of the major topics of that meeting will be the future of Claudine Gay. They are expected to hear arguments in favor of and against asking the current president to resign.

Another major factor is a recent letter written to the Board by billionaire investor and Harvard alum Bill Ackman. He claims that Gay’s handling of the increased antisemitism on campus has cost the University billions of dollars.

“President Gay’s failures have led to billions of dollars of canceled, paused, and withdrawn donations to the university,” Ackman wrote. “I am personally aware of more than a billion dollars of terminated donations from a small group of Harvard’s most generous Jewish and non-Jewish alumni.”