“I’m sorry,” Claudine Gay told the Harvard student newspaper. In an interview Thursday. “When words amplify anguish and pain, I don’t know how you can feel anything but regret.”
The House Education Committee followed its hearing with an announcement Thursday that it will investigate Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania.
“After the pathetic and morally failed testimony of university presidents this week in answering my questions, the Committee on Education and the Workforce is launching an official congressional investigation with the full force of subpoena power against Penn, MIT, Harvard and others,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik. (RN.Y.), a committee member who asked especially pointed questions during the chairmen’s testimony, said in a statement.
Gay is one of many university presidents who have faced intense criticism for their response to anti-Semitism following the Hamas attack on Israel in October. Axios reported Thursday that University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill, whose testimony this week has also been widely criticized, was requested by the board of trustees of Penn’s Wharton business school.