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Alan Garber
Alma materHarvard University (AB, AM, PhD)
Stanford University (MD)
OccupationAcademic administrator
EmployerHarvard University
Spouse(s)Anne Yahanda

Alan Michael Garber (born 1955) is an American physician, health economist, and academic administrator. He is the Provost of Harvard University.

Early life and education

Garber was born in 1955.[1] He graduated from Harvard College in 1976 with an AB in economics[1] and stayed at Harvard to earn an AM and a PhD in economics.[1] While pursuing his PhD, he enrolled simultaneously at Stanford University, where he received an MD degree in 1983.[2]


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

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

Graduate student unionization controversy

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 Harvard was in violation of the Excelsior rule, Garber has defended the university's appeal to the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.,[6] writing that 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]

On December 3, 2019, Harvard's graduate student union began striking[7][8] on Harvard's campus due to the University's opposition to contractual changes.[9] The union's proposed changes include pay increases based on rising living-costs, expanded healthcare coverage for dependents, improved mental health services benefits, as well as third-party oversight of sexual harassment and assault cases.[7][10][11]

Pharmaceutical board memberships

In October 2019, The Harvard Crimson reported that Garber collected more than $2.7 million serving on the board of directors for Exelixis[12] and Vertex Pharmaceuticals[13] since being appointed as Harvard's Provost in 2011, according to SEC filings.[14] The companies indicated that his compensation was normal for board members. Garber states that he has thoroughly disclosed his industry affiliations in conflict of interest forms for the university.

Personal life

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


  1. ^ a b c "Alan Michael Garber". Stanford University. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Alan M. Garber Appointed Provost". Harvard Magazine. April 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Alan M. Garber MD, PhD - Health Care Policy - Harvard Medical School". Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Alan M. Garber". Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Bolotnikova, Marina (August 23, 2016). "Private Universities Must Recognize Graduate-Student Unions". Harvard Gazette. Harvard University. Archived from the original on December 21, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Caroline S. Engelmayer (November 3, 2017). "Garber Defends NLRB Appeal in Message to Students". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Harvard's Graduate Student Union Begins Strike | News | The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  8. ^ "HGSU-UAW Strike Information". HGSU-UAW. 2019-11-15. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  9. ^ "At Harvard, Grad Students Form A Picket Line Over Wages, Health Care And Protections". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  10. ^ "#NoCarveOut". HGSU-UAW. 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  11. ^ "HGSU-UAW Current Bargaining Proposals". HGSU-UAW. 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  12. ^ "Exelixis Appoints Dr. Alan M. Garber to Board of Directors". Exelixis, Inc. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  13. ^ "Vertex Names Dr. Alan Garber, Provost of Harvard University, to its Board of Directors". Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  14. ^ "Harvard Provost Garber Has Collected $2.7 Million From Pharma Companies Since 2011 | News | The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
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