Are you among the 9.8 percent of graduating Harvard seniors with an “undecided” post-graduation path? If so, you’re in luck! Trade that euphemism for some optimism and consider applying for the best new job opening in Cambridge: Harvard College dean.
According to recent reports, current dean Evelynn M. Hammonds will leave her post July 1. In a statement published through an “outside strategic communications company,” Hammonds claims she was not asked to resign, but decided to step down to focus on a full-time career in academic research. A professor of scientific history and African American Studies, she’ll resume her post at the College after a sabbatical.
But let’s face it: nothing sounds sketchier than “outside strategic communications company.” This humble blog is not the first to posit a link, however causal, between Hammond’s resignation and a series of “secret email searches” that occurred in the wake of Harvard’s now-infamous Government 1310 cheating scandal. And while one Crimson editorial does not a change-maker (or career-changer) make, 66 anonymous Crimson trolls can’t be wrong. To quote salient media critic “ConcernedCrimson”:
yea seriously tho.
Naturally, such recent events prompt an important question: who will be the next Harvard College dean? Will it be Andy Samberg, whose 2012 Class Day address seemed to eerily predict Hammonds’ fall from grace? Will it be Yale’s President-elect, Peter Salovey, who is “coincidentally” beginning his tenure June 30? Or will it be Christopher L. Eisgruber, who will “coincidentally” become Princeton’s president effective July 1? Okay, so it probably won’t be any of these guys. After all, a good dean is hard to find, and we’re counting on you to help us (and Harvard!) pick the right candidate. Who should be the next dean of Harvard? More importantly, who will be?
Think you have the answer? Write up a comment, drop us a line and let us know; that’s kind of what we’re here for.