Short Odds for the Selection of an African American to Head Harvard University

The popular online gambling website is taking bets on who will be the next president of Harvard University. The favorite candidate, according to oddsmakers, is Elena Kagan, dean of Harvard Law. She is currently rated as a 3 to 1 shot to be named the next president of Harvard.

According to, Steven E. Hyman, Harvard’s provost, is rated the 7 to 2 second choice. John Etchemendy, the provost at Stanford, is currently at 4 to 1.

Two African-American university presidents are among the frontrunners. Ruth Simmons of Brown University is listed at 9 to 2 odds. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic, is at 6 to 1. reports that about 600 bets have been placed online as to who will be Harvard’s next president.