Harvard Gazette reports, "Shirley M. Tilghman, president emerita and professor of molecular biology and public affairs at Princeton University, will become the newest member of the Harvard Corporation.
A renowned scientist and longtime university leader who chaired a recent review of the life sciences at Harvard, Tilghman will begin her service as a Fellow of Harvard College on Jan. 1. She was elected Sunday by the Corporation with the consent of the Board of Overseers, in accordance with the University’s charter.
Announcing the appointment, President Drew Faust and William F. Lee, the Corporation’s senior fellow, said, “Shirley Tilghman is one of the nation’s foremost molecular biologists and one of higher education’s most admired and perceptive leaders. Her deep scientific expertise will bring valuable insight to the work of our governing boards in an era of transformative change in the life sciences and allied fields. Her broad experience in leading one of the country’s great universities will bring fresh perspectives and beneficial knowledge to our consideration of Harvard’s opportunities and challenges at a pivotal moment for universities.
“Beyond her remarkable resume, she is a person highly regarded for her intellectual curiosity and creativity, her collegiality and incisiveness, her nuanced understanding of complex organizations, and her dedication to advancing the progress of the institutions she serves,” Faust and Lee added. “We greatly look forward to welcoming her.”