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Black Woman Named to Board of the Harvard Corporation:

Harvard president Lawrence Summers has angered many constituencies including blacks and women. So it came as little surprise that when a new board member of the Harvard Corporation, the university's chief governing board, was chosen to replace Conrad K. Harper, a black man who resigned in protest this past July over Summers' statements and policies, the new appointee was a black woman. This past Monday, Patricia A. King, the Carmak Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown Law Center, was chosen as the new member of the board of the Harvard Corporation.

King is a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She is a 1969 alumna of Harvard Law School. She has served on the faculty at Georgetown University for more than three decades. Her research activities are in the field of legal and ethical aspects of biomedicine. Professor King is also an adjunct professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine.

King has extensive experience in higher educational administration serving on the board of trustees of Wheaton College since 1989, the last five years as chair. She is also the current vice chair of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and served in a similar post at the Russell Sage Foundation.

King will officially take her seat on the board of the Harvard Corporation on May 1, 2006.

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