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Claudine Gay to be Harvard's 1st Black president, 2nd woman

Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University has named Claudine Gay as its next president, making her the first Black person and the second woman to lead the Ivy League school.

Gay is currently a dean at the university and a democracy scholar.

She will become president July 1. Gay replaces Lawrence Bacow, who is stepping down and has said he wants to spend more time with family.

Gay said in a speech Thursday that she was "absolutely humbled by the confidence that the governing board has placed in me.”

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