Some Harvard professors are supporting their president

December 12 – With the ousting of the president of the University of Pennsylvania following remarks made at a Congressional hearing last week to discuss anti-Semitism on college campuses, a number of people are wondering about the other two speakers that day – Harvard President Claudine Gay and MIT President Sally Kornbluth. 

A number of people are calling for Harvard and MIT presidents to step down, but the presidents seem to be getting support from their boards as well as the professors on their respective campuses. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I think they’ve (Harvard) lost a billion dollars in donations from alumni.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Yesterday, the (Harvard) faculty gave this president a vote of confidence. They said that they want her to stay. But you had Bill Ackman the billionaire hedge fund manager, he came out calling for her ouster. He’s also a big donor to the school. You also have other big donors lined up, calling for her ouster.”

Additional reporting shows Gay has been caught up in an alleged plagiarism scam related to her PhD thesis. 

Barkdoll said, “I believe she’s denying that, saying there’s nothing to it, but it’s like a lot of these things. If they’re going to oust her, the MIT situation has been very quiet, it likely will happen within the next few days. Like so many of these issues with the passage of time, it starts to blow over. But the fact that Ackman and a few other key donors are still coming out saying she needs to be fired, this by no means has gone away. I think I did see somewhere that today or tomorrow, Harvard’s board does have a regularly scheduled meeting. So if they’re good, take action, of course, it would be in the context of one of those meetings.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “It’s very interesting to me, all of these reactions to what’s going on to see the professor’s largely try to defend the presidents of Harvard and MIT, kind of shows you how broadly these ideas and ideology that these presidents professed, are spread among the faculty at these major institutions. Also, people are digging up the fact that there have been conservative professors that have been driven off these campuses and without a lot of outcry from fellow professors. Where were they when a tenured professor was forced to give up their position or so maligned that students were not taking their class that they did the same? It’s amazing, the double standard and I think a lot of people, myself included, I don’t want to point this out so much for these are the worst people, most evil presidents in the world, they should be driven off. Part of my outcry is that you are being inconsistent, not just MIT and Harvard, but other colleges around the country and universities around the country. You see no problem with students mobbing and forcing conservative speakers off of campus, and you don’t you don’t say a word, but yet, then this happens and oh, you’re just all beside ourselves because people are noticing that anti semitism on these campuses as being tolerated. It’s a double standard and I think the double standard is proving what many of us have been saying these equity, DEI ideologies do just that. They allow some groups to be abused, with no outcry and other groups are untouchable. It’s becoming very clear.”

Barkdoll wondered, “Do you think this turns into his case of people having to just vote with their feet? I mean, maybe if enough of these donors pull their support, parents, kids, they have the choice to go there or not go there. Maybe that’s the kind of pressure that eventually will make some change happen.”

Harvard’s endowment is close to $55 billion. 

Barkdoll said, “Just think about that for a minute. So yes, some big donors are pulling their donations, but they may be the largest endowment in the country in higher education. It’s just a massive, massive operation. But again, money talks and if you get enough of these big donors saying that we’re going to stop the checks, no more donations, certainly if you would get applications start to decline, if you get enough families saying we don’t want our kids going there, those are the sorts of things that would start to get the attention of the board.”