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Calls issued for Mitt Romney to become next president of Harvard

Apr 23, 2024, 10:00 AM | Updated: 2:01 pm

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, will not run for reelection. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

SALT LAKE CITY —  There are multiple calls for Utah Sen. Mitt Romney to become the next president of Harvard University. Although, Romney hasn’t said much of what he’ll do after he retires from Congress at the end of this term. 

This started a week ago, when Daniel Rosen, the president of the American Jewish Congress, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post. In it, he proposed Romney be named the next president of the famed Ivy League school.

Additionally, Rosen wrote that Harvard leadership failed to address, “unchecked antisemitism on campus,” and that as president of the university, Romney could, “clean it up.”

He continued, “Romney has the moral courage and independence to identify the root sources of antisemitism at the university, address the decline in Jewish student applications and enrollment, and teach a new generation of young adults the importance of mutual tolerance and civilized coexistence.”

Harvard alumni endorsement

Then, on Monday, Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman shared that op-ed on X and said, “As an alumnus of Harvard, and after this mad season of antisemitism at Columbia, I co-sign.” 

Fetterman continued, “This former Governor of Massachusetts doesn’t need a paycheck, but Harvard and its academic peers needs to recalibrate from far-left orthodoxy.”

Romney received his JD/MBA from Harvard. He later served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.

Romney has yet to comment on the idea of him becoming Harvard’s next president.

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Calls issued for Mitt Romney to become next president of Harvard