It left Garner wanting to go to Harvard even more. Drew Gilpin Faust (born September 18, 1947) is one of the premier historians writing on the American South and the Civil War. She said she plans to take a year sabbatical and remain in the Cambridge area, then decide whether to retire or return to the faculty. Greetings for Higher Education at the Inauguration of Drew Gilpin Faust as Harvard University's 28th President. The visit comes as Faust prepares to step down as president this June. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Title Drew Gilpin Faust: Women in Leadership Summary Drew Gilpin Faust spoke with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about the challenges they have faced both early in their careers and as they attained higher leadership positions, as well as provide advice for future change makers. Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president of Harvard, speaks to students at Philadelphia High School for Girls, in Philadelphia. How she was the first female professor in her department at Penn, then its first female chair, and how when she got pregnant in 1981 there was no such thing as maternity leave, so she had to videotape six weeks of lectures in advance. Drew Gilpin Faust is President Emeritus and the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor. She is credited with fostering more collaboration between the college and the university's graduate and professional schools, dubbed "One Harvard." "Your ideas matter. A liberal arts education is designed to equip students for just such flexibility and imagination. Faust tells the student, if given the choice, she’d rather be respected than liked. It represents a chance to contribute to higher education, which has been my whole adult life, in a new and extraordinarily important way. But the moment was important to her. At the women's college near Philadelphia, students had to sign a log when they went out at … "I think sometimes inner-city schools aren't recognized by high-esteem universities. Faust is the first woman to serve as Harvard's president and the university's 28th president overall. October 12, 2007 . Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust tells Girls’ High students “your ideas matter.” JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer. As Faust entered the 980-student school, Amanda Smith, 16, a junior, shook her head in amazement. Even as universities, both public and private, face unanticipated financial constraints, the president has called on them to assist in solving problems from health care… Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. Education is the movement from darkness to light. The ability to recognize opportunities and move in new - and sometimes unexpected - directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations. "I know about things like Wawa," she told students, reflecting on her decades in the region, "and I'm still somewhat of a Phillies fan.". "It's like Obama just walked in," she said. We’re in a time in which knowledge has paramount importance in how our world will move forward and how people … Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer She became the first woman to be president of Harvard University. A recent column in … "The past is never dead. Here, Drew Gilpin Faust, a leading historian of the American Civil War and former President of Harvard, recommends the best books to read about the conflict between North and South that tore the United States apart from 1861 till 1865 – and beyond. But over time, she told students, she embraced its importance because of the many letters she received from young girls and women saying how much it meant to them. A specialist in the history of the South in the antebellum period and Civil War, Faust rose to become Walter Annenberg Professor of History. For Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard, you can trace the roots of her life as a leader back to her childhood in rural Virginia. THE NEW YORK TIMES Crossroads By DREW GILPIN FAUST Published: September 1, 2009 The world economic crisis and the election of Barack Obama will change the future of higher education. Drew Gilpin Faust was installed as the president of Harvard University in 2007. Faust rose to the presidency in 2007 after the departure of Lawrence H. Summers, who drew ire for his controversial suggestion that the under-representation of female scientists might be due to a lack of intrinsic aptitude for math and science. FAUST: It does, and it’s one that I’ve quoted or repeated often, because education is the avenue into full participation in the society in which we live. Girls' High principal Parthenia Moore embraced Faust, confessed she was "awestruck," and said she hopes Faust comes back every year.