Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Leaving for Princeton, West Says Too Much Made of His Dispute with Harvard President

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Leaving for Princeton, West Says Too Much Made of His Dispute with Harvard President

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NOTEWORHY | NEWS

FROM STAFF AND NEWS WIRE REPORTS

MAHWAH, N.J.

Havard scholar Dr. Cornel West says the university's president was largely responsible for his move to Princeton but that too much has been made of their dispute.

After giving a lecture late last month at Ramapo College's conference "State of the African American Professoriate," West spoke to reporters about "the push of Harvard and pull of Princeton" - and said Harvard President Dr. Lawrence Summers was the push. But he says Harvard's tradition is bigger than any one faculty member or disagreement.

"Thirty years from now, when we're dead and gone, Harvard will still be there," West says. "I'm leaving Harvard with a tear, arriving at Princeton with a smile."

West says he had not wanted to leave Harvard, and probably would not have accepted the appointment at Princeton earlier this month if Summers were not Harvard's president.

Summers reportedly rebuked West for recording a spoken-- word CD and leading a political committee for the Rev. …

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