Departing Corporation member reflects on Harvard, higher ed

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:22 in Mathematics & Economics

Nannerl Keohane, former president of Duke University and Wellesley College, steps down this month from the Harvard Corporation after 12 years on the University’s executive governing board. Keohane served with three Harvard presidents — Lawrence Summers, Derek Bok, and Drew Faust — during her time on the Corporation, and saw significant governance changes. The seven-member board expanded to 13, terms were instituted for the first time, and a new committee structure was adopted. Keohane, a political theorist and leadership expert who is now a senior scholar at Princeton University, sat down with the Gazette to offer thoughts on her board tenure and on what’s ahead, both at Harvard and for higher education broadly. GAZETTE: As you reflect on your 12 years on the Corporation, how has it changed? KEOHANE: When I joined 12 years ago, in many ways it was very different from the Corporation that we know today. But on the other...

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