Drew Faust, Who Co-Founded edX, to Step Down As Harvard President

Drew Faust will step down as president of Harvard University at the end of June 2018.

Professor Faust, an historian of the Civil War and the American South, led Harvard into edX, a partnership and venture with MIT, in 2012, to launch the MOOC platform.

Faust’s appointment in 2007 was hailed as a breakthrough in that she became the first woman to lead the oldest and wealthiest university in the United States.

Professor Faust’s departure in 2018 will coincide with the end of the university’s current fundraising campaign, which has so far raised more than $8 billion.