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Harvard paper gets first ever black woman president

HISTORIC APPOINTMENT: Kristine E Guillaume (Image: Amy Y Li/The Harvard Crimson)

THE UNIVERSITY of Harvard has appointed a black woman to president of its newspaper for the first time in its 145-year history.

Kristine E Guillaume, a reader in joint African American studies and history and literature, will serve as the Harvard Crimson’s new president.

Guillaume said: “I have the honor [sic] of serving as the President of the 146th Guard of The Crimson next year. Congratulations to the 146's managing editor Angela N Fu and business manager Charlie Zhu! Thank you to the 145, especially Derek G Xiao, we have big shoes to fill.”

Prior to her appointment as president, Guillaume was on of The Crimson’s central administration reporters. She had covered the historic achievements by other black women at the university, such as the moment when four black women were appointed in August to lead four of Harvard schools for the first time.

In addition to writing for the paper, Guillaume is also a chair of the paper’s diversity and inclusivity committee. The role covers devising and steering policies to improve The Crimson’s representation of and accessibility to Harvard’s student body.

The Crimson is Harvard University’s student newspaper. It is the United States oldest continuously published daily college newspaper.

Senior positions at the paper are determined through an election method called the Turkey Shoot. This involves giving each outgoing member of the masthead the opportunity to take part in the voting process.

The paper’s current president, David G Xiao, told The Crimson: “I have the utmost confidence in the 146th Guard’s ability to carry on our proud mission of covering and informing Harvard and its affiliates.

“I could not be more excited to see the direction the next president, managing editor, and business manager will take The Crimson in 2019.”

Guillaume will start her role as president in the new year on January 1.

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