The Harvard Crimson will name its first black president in over fifty years, according to outgoing Crimson president Kristina Moore.
Malcom Glenn, a Harvard junior and associate sports editor, will take over the position in January.
Ms. Moore told Media Mob this afternoon: “It’s important because we’ve focused on diversity and diversifying our newsroom and making it a more inclusive place.”
The president directly oversees the editorial, design and photo boards, but does not oversee the day-to-day coverage of the news departments (that’s left to the managing editor). The president does, however, have executive power over all of the newspaper’s boards.
Ms. Moore said she believes that the paper has not named a black president since at least 1952, and possibly earlier. She said the paper plans to confirm the date before formally announcing the news this afternoon.