Harvard's First Black Dean to Step Down
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

evelynn m hammondsEvelynn M. Hammonds, the first woman and the first African-American dean of Harvard College, announced Tuesday that she will leave the post after five years, the New York Times reports.

Hammonds will remain on the faculty and will lead a new program on race and gender in science and medicine, the elite university said in a statement posted online. She will leave the post on July 1.

“I was never asked to step down,” Dr. Hammonds told the Times. “I have been in discussions to return to academia and my research for some time.”

You might remember that Hammonds was at the center of an investigation into student cheating at Harvard, in which she ordered a search of some junior faculty members’ e-mail accounts. The search wasn’t made public until months later, eroding trust among faculty and prompted the school’s newspaper to call for her resignation.

Join the Conversation

Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.

MORE ON BlackEnterprise.com