Alan Garber

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Alan Garber
Alma materHarvard University
Stanford University
OccupationAcademic administrator
EmployerHarvard University
Spouse(s)Anne Yahanda

Alan Michael Garber (born 1955) is an American academic administrator. He is the Provost of Harvard University.

Early life[edit]

Alan Garber was born in 1955.[citation needed] He graduated from Harvard University in 1977.[1][2] He earned a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1982, and an MD from Stanford University in 1983.[1][2]


Garber is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Harvard School of Public Health.[3][4]

Garber succeeded Steven Hyman as the provost of Harvard University on September 1, 2011.[1][2]

Controversy about Graduate Student Unionization[edit]

In July 2016, Harvard University's Office of the Provost launched a web page in response to its graduate students' efforts to unionize.[5] On August 23, 2016 following the Columbia decision which restored union rights to teaching and research assistants, the Provost's office wrote in an email to students, "we continue to believe that the relationship between students and the University is primarily about education, and that unionization will disrupt academic programs and freedoms, mentoring, and research at Harvard."[5] Following a decision by the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board that the employer was in violation of the Excelsior rule,Garber has defended the university's appeal to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. in communications to Harvard students.[6] Garber, defending Harvard's request that the NLRB revise the Excelsior decision, wrote, "The University believes that the November 2016 election results, which reflect the votes and voices of well-informed students, should stand, and has appealed the Regional Director's decision to the contrary."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Garber has a wife, Anne Yahanda, and four children.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Alan M. Garber". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Alan M. Garber Appointed Provost". Harvard Magazine. April 15, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Alan M. Garber MD, PhD - Health Care Policy - Harvard Medical School". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Alan M. Garber". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Information about Student Unionization". Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  6. ^ "Garber Defends NLRB Appeal in Message to Students | News | The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 2017-11-25.