Drew Gilpin Faust Salary, Early Life, Education, Books, President, Policies, Honors and Personal Life

Published Date   16th Aug. 2017, 02:26 am
Drew Gilpin Faust Salary, Early Life, Education, Books, President, Policies, Honors and Personal Life
Quick Info
Birth Name: Drew Gilpin Faust
Date of Birth: 18/09/1947
Age: 76 years old
Nationality: American
Qualification: MA in American civilization in 1971. She finished her PhD in 1975

American historian Drew Gilpin Faust salary accelerated as she got appointed in prestigious positions like President of Harvard University and Ivy League.


Drew Gilpin Faust became the first woman and 28th person to serve as the president of Harvard University. In addition, she is the fifth woman to serve Ivy League university. Drew Gilpin Faust salary grew as she formerly worked as the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. For her position and effectiveness, Forbes ranked her 33rd most powerful woman in the world.

Early Life and Education

Drew Gilpin Faust was born Catharine Drew Gilpin Faust on September 18, 1947 in New York City. She grew up in Clarke County, Virginia. Her parents are Catharine Ginna and McGhee Tyson Gilpin, a Princeton graduate and breeder of thoroughbred horses. Faust is an American and owns New England ancestry.

Faust graduated from Concord Academy located in Concord, Massachusetts in 1964. She graduated magna cum laude earning her BA degree in history from Bryn Mawr College in 1968. Later, she went to the University of Pennsylvania and earned MA in American civilization in 1971. She finished her PhD in 1975 and her dissertation had a title “A Sacred Circle: The Social Role of the Intellectual in the Old South, 1840-1860”.

Early Career and Books

Drew Gilpin Faust salary started to rise as she joined the University of Pennsylvania as a faculty the same year she ended her PhD. She was the assistant professor of American civilization. However, she soon became Walter Annenberg professor of History due to her specialization in history of the South in the antebellum period and Civil War.

In addition to working as professor, she also wrote books. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (1996) and a biography, James Henry Hammond and Old South are a couple among her 6 books. Similarly, she is also the writer of This Republic of Suffering (2008), which won final nomination for Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study appointed Faust its first dean in 2001.

President of Harvard University and Policies

After serving as the dean for Radcliffe Institute, Faust moved to the Harvard University as its president in 2007. Drew Gilpin Faust salary increased after her position was confirmed in the beginning of 2007. In a press conference, Faust stated that she hoped her appointment would bring opportunities. As a President of the Harvard, her first initiative was to increase financial aid to students. Faust replaced loans with grants to the children of parents making $100,000 to $180,000 annually (middle class). This policy had an expansion which eliminated contributions for families earning less than $60,000 a year. Later, Stanford, Yale and other private US universities and colleges adopted these policies.

In addition, Faust testified before the US Congress to increase fund for scientific research and support of junior faculty researchers. She prioritized to revitalize the arts at Harvard and integrate in the daily life. Further, she worked to institutionalize the university. The advocate for sustainability, Faust set a goal for reducing the University’s greenhouse gas emission by 2016.

Criticisms and Controversy

Even though Drew Gilpin Faust salary and reputation grew at the Harvard, she also earned some criticisms. She was criticized in 2009 for her refusal to accept a pay cut in an effort to save jobs. Various colleges and administrators called her to reduce salaries. The Harvard Corporation approved salary freeze in early 2009 for president, deans, senior officers, management staffs and management staffs offering early retirement.

Honors, Affiliations and Awards

The prestigious positions rose Drew Gilpin Faust salary while her accomplishments and success in her position earned her awards. She is the recipient of honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College in 2007, the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and Princeton University in 2010. Similarly, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected Faust for highly honorable Jefferson Lecture in 2011. Her lecture was entitled “Telling War Stories: Reflections of a Civil War Historian”. Furthermore, she delivered the Sesquicentennial Address at Boston College, entitled “Scholarship and the Role of the University” in 2012.Another lecture Faust delivered was the Rede Lecture at the University of Cambridge entitled “Two Wars and the Long Twentieth Century: The United States, 1861–65; Britain 1914–18” in 2015.

In addition to awards, she enjoys wide recognition. Forbes ranked her in 2013 and 2014 list of “100 Most Powerful Women”. She also has received a number of awards for her books. Therefore, Drew Gilpin Faust salary and net worth increased through her writings too. Columbia University awarded Faust with Bancroft Prize for This Republic of Suffering (2008) in the year 2009. Similarly, the same book earned her American History Book Prize in 2008. the Organization of American Historians ranked her book Dread Void of Uncertainty among ten best history essays in 2005. Besides, she received the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians for Mothers of Invention.

Personal Life and Family

Drew Gilpin Faust married a historian of medicine (at Harvard), Charles E. Rosenberg. The couple has a daughter, Jessica Rosenberg while Faust has a stepson, Leah Rosenberg. Jessica is a Harvard graduate and currently works for the New Yorker.

Faust adopts her surname from her first marriage with Stephen Faust.

In 1988, Faust fell victim to breast cancer, but she underwent proper treatment. She now is in good health.

Drew Gilpin Faust Salary

There is varied report on Drew Gilpin Faust salary. The Harvard Crimson reports that Faust made $693,739 in fiscal year 2008-2009. However, the most recent report states that she has annual salary of $810,884 and benefits of $153,460.

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