Lawrence Bacow

Lawrence Bacow
Lawrence Bacow Official Headshot.jpg
Official portrait, 2018
29th President of Harvard University
Assumed office
July 1, 2018
Preceded byDrew Gilpin Faust
12th President of Tufts University
In office
September 1, 2001 – July 29, 2011
Preceded byJohn A. DiBiaggio
Succeeded byAnthony Monaco
3rd Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In office
August 1, 1998 – June 30, 2001
PresidentCharles M. Vest
Preceded byPaul E. Gray
Succeeded byPhillip Clay
Personal details
Lawrence Seldon Bacow

(1951-08-24) August 24, 1951 (age 71)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
SpouseAdele Fleet Bacow
Residence(s)Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (SB)
Harvard University (JD, MPP, PhD)
OccupationLawyer, economist, and college administrator
Academic background
ThesisRegulating occupational hazards through collective bargaining (1978)
Academic work
DisciplinePublic policy

Lawrence Seldon Bacow (/ˈbæk/; born August 24, 1951) is an American lawyer, economist, author and university administrator, and the current and 29th president of Harvard University. He took office on July 1, 2018, succeeding Drew Gilpin Faust. Before assuming the presidency, Bacow was the Hauser leader-in-residence at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was previously at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has been a member of the President and Fellows of Harvard College, one of the university's governing boards, since 2011.

Bacow began his academic career in 1977 as a professor of environmental studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.[1] At MIT, he became chair of his department and chancellor of the university. From 2001 to 2011, Bacow served as the 12th president of Tufts University.

On June 8, 2022, Bacow announced he would be leaving the presidency of Harvard in June 2023 after five years in office.[2]

  1. ^ Svrluga, Susan (February 11, 2018). "Harvard names former Tufts leader Lawrence Bacow as president". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Chang, Cara J.; Cho, Isabella B. "HARVARD PRESIDENT LAWRENCE BACOW TO STEP DOWN IN JUNE 2023". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved June 8, 2022.

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