Larry Summers: A Presidency In Trouble?

Last Tuesday, February 15th, at a Harvard University faculty meeting, President Larry Summers was confronted by members of the faculty who criticized Summers’ recent remarks about women in science as well as the President’s leadership record over his four-year tenure at the University. An emergency faculty meeting has been called for Tuesday, February 22nd to continue the debate and University faculty are likely to attempt to pass a vote of “no confidence” in Summers’ leadership. Though such a vote would serve only as a symbolic gesture – only the Harvard Corporation (a seven-person board of which Summers himself is a member) has the power to oust the President – it could destabilize Summers’ mandate and his ability to lead the University.