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Harvard College names botany professor Donald Pfister as interim undergraduate dean

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Harvard College named an interim dean of the college on Tuesday to replace Evelynn M. Hammonds, who resigned in May amid a firestorm over covert searches of instructors’ e-mails. Donald Pfister, a professor of systematic botany and dean of the Harvard Summer School, will be responsible for undergraduate life. Pfister has been a professor at Harvard since 1974, and he and his wife spent 18 years as masters of a residential house. Harvard will launch a search for a permanent dean in the fall.

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