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Highlights of Drew Faust’s Harvard tenure

Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust announced Wednesday that she will step down next year. Here’s a look at some highlights of her tenure:

■  Faust became Harvard University’s 28th president — the first woman to lead the institution — in 2007.

■  She pushed to increase diversity among faculty and students. She oversaw a dramatic expansion of financial aid, helping students attend Harvard without leaving them saddled with debt.

■  After the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, she oversaw the return of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to campus.

■  She has overseen plans for an ambitious new science and engineering complex in Allston, now set to open by 2020.


■  She convened a sexual assault prevention task force in 2014 to address concerns about the school’s handling of such cases. Last fall, she suspended the men’s soccer team after the discovery of a lewd online “scouting report” of female athletes first created in 2012. And she has pushed to curtail a group of off-campus, male-only social clubs, which administrators say foster a party culture that leads to sexual assault.

■  She led a capital campaign that has raised more than $8 billion for the university.

■  She created a partnership with MIT in 2012 to launch edX, a digital learning initiative that has included almost 90 courses.