October 19, 2021

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Klawe to move down as Harvey Mudd president in 2023

Harvey Mudd College Maria Klawe smiles in a bright pink shirt.
(Courtesy: Harvey Mudd College)

Just after 15 many years as president of Harvey Mudd Higher education, Maria Klawe will move down when her existing contract expires in June 2023.

Klawe notified Mudd’s board of trustees of her selection in the course of its standard assembly final weekend, she explained to group members in an electronic mail Monday morning.

“I want you all to know that serving as president of Harvey Mudd University is now—and has been—the biggest honor of my tutorial career, and I am unbelievably happy and grateful for every thing we have accomplished collectively,” Klawe reported.

The personal computer scientist’s legacy will contain considerable progress in the college’s endowment, which Klawe credited for advances in Mudd’s services and monetary support. Considering the fact that she arrived in 2006, Mudd made the R. Michael Shanahan Centre for Educating and Discovering, a centerpiece of its campus, as nicely as new residential and educational properties. 

Klawe, herself the initial woman to serve as Mudd’s president, also observed boosts in the proportion of gals and students underrepresented in STEM fields attending Mudd beneath her management.

But Klawe also oversaw turbulence as Mudd students and college grappled with the school’s demanding curriculum and difficult lifestyle. An NPR report identified as the 2016-17 educational yr the school’s “worst year at any time” soon after the publication of the Wabash Report, in which school anonymously questioned students’ preparedness and determination. Protests adopted and courses were canceled for two days. 

More than her remaining two years, Klawe will oversee the college’s third endeavor to carry students back to campus right after regional COVID-19 constraints stymied the 5Cs over the past year, as properly as continued university student system progress and perform to increase the college’s Core Curriculum.

“Now appears like an opportune second for our local community to get started the important discussion about who need to guide the College in the next section of its improvement,” Klawe reported. “I prepare to continue serving as your president for the future two tutorial decades with all of the target and vitality that I introduced with me in 2006 so that alongside one another, we can most effective situation the following president of Harvey Mudd College to be even more prosperous.”