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Harvard donor Ken Griffin threatens financial withdrawal, decries "whiny snowflakes" amidst campus controversies

Ken Griffin expresses concern over antisemitism, left-wing bias, and diversity initiatives at Harvard

Renowned hedge fund manager and Harvard alum Ken Griffin, who donated a staggering $300 million to the university last year, has declared that he may withdraw his financial support. Griffin criticized Harvard's handling of antisemitism and voiced concerns over the emergence of what he referred to as "whiny snowflakes" rather than future leaders from elite institutions. The move follows a series of controversies, including the resignation of President Claudine Gay and ongoing investigations by congressional committees and the US Education Department.

Ken Griffin calls for reforms

Ken Griffin, founder of Citadel with a net worth of $36.8 billion, expressed his discontent at the MFA Network conference in Miami. He specifically pointed to Harvard's response to antisemitism following the Hamas attack on Israel and the perceived left-wing bias and influence of diversity initiatives on campus.

The billionaire called for the university to reaffirm its commitment to educating young leaders and problem solvers. Harvard has been grappling with internal strife, evident in Gay's resignation amid accusations of insufficient response to antisemitism and plagiarism allegations.

Congressional committees are conducting investigations, with one criticizing Harvard for "woefully inadequate" responses. The US Education Department is separately probing discrimination issues, including antisemitism and Islamophobia, at Harvard and other institutions.

Aerial view of Harvard University, showcasing one of its historic buildings in Cambridge.

Griffin's decision deepens rift

Influential donors, including Len Blavatnik and IdanOfer, have halted donations, intensifying financial challenges for Harvard. Griffin's decision to withdraw support, despite having the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences named in his honor, underscores the deepening rift between donors and the university.

The concern over the trajectory of elite education in the US was highlighted by Ken Griffin, who questioned whether Harvard could refocus on core educational values rather than getting lost in what he termed the "DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) agenda and wilderness of microaggressions with no real end game."

Harvard's financial reliance on donor contributions is crucial, with 37% of its total revenue stemming from donation distributions and 8% from current-use gifts during the latest fiscal year.

As the controversies surrounding Harvard unfold, stay tuned to CalleOcho News for in-depth coverage and analysis. Follow us for real-time updates on the ongoing investigations, donor withdrawals, and the university's response.

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