Harvard Sure Can Pick ’em: Congratulations to Dr. Alan Garber

One of the nation’s most important jobs in higher education will be ably filled by Dr. Alan Garber, who is leaving Stanford to become Provost of Harvard. Alan is a world-class physician, economist and health policy guru rolled into one and as much as it pains me to lose him as a colleague, there is no disputing Harvard’s wisdom in stealing him away from us. He will be an outstanding leader for Harvard and for higher education as a whole. Congratulations and good luck to Alan.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

One thought on “Harvard Sure Can Pick ’em: Congratulations to Dr. Alan Garber”

  1. Garber in, garbage out, eh?
    The problem with institutions with such high (and often justified) self-regard as Harvard is that they find it difficult to think that any of their existing practices may deserve to be jettisoned. The article doesn’t give a hint whether Dr. Garber will be a conservative steward or an iconoclastic reformer. The Harvard Gazette’s press-release boilerplate like “working with the deans to leverage the strengths of the Schools in service of the University as a whole” doesn’t tell us much. What for instance is his take on whether élite universities actually add educational value remotely proportional to their fees, or just lower search costs for employers by credentialing pre-existing talent, and enabling their students to form career-supporting networks?

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