Hammonds created the university’s first bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer (BGLTQ) student life office.

The Harvard University administrator who authorized the secret search of staff eMail accounts following the university’s cheating scandal last year has resigned from her position as dean of Harvard College.

Evelynn M. Hammonds announced Tuesday that she would step down as dean on July 1 to focus on teaching and research in the department of African and African American Studies and the department of History of Science, according to a Harvard press release.

“I am looking forward to redesigning my classes in light of new technologies and modes of teaching, and I’m eager to return to my teaching and research on race, genomics and gender in science and medicine,” Hammonds stated.

Hammonds, who has served as dean for five years, led several major initiatives while in the position, including the launch of Harvard’s general education program.  She also helped create the university’s first bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer (BGLTQ) student life office.

She was the first African-American and the first woman to be named dean of the college.

Controversy crept into her legacy last summer, however, when Harvard announced that more than 100 students may have cheated on a take-home exam. As the university investigated the case, some details found their way to the student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson. Earlier this year, the Boston Globe reported that administrators searched the eMail accounts of 16 resident deans to find how the information was leaked.

See Page 2 for how the campus reacted to the eMail searches. 


Add your opinion to the discussion.