Susan Svrluga

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering higher education

Education: Brown University; Columbia University

Susan Svrluga is a reporter covering higher education for The Washington Post.
Latest from Susan Svrluga

Spelman College gets $100 million donation, a record for HBCUs

Spelman College received a $100 million donation from a longtime trustee and businesswoman, a record gift to a historically Black college or university.

January 21, 2024

Harvard offers more details of plagiarism review of former president

Harvard University defended its reviews of plagiarism allegations involving former president Claudine Gay, as a House panel investigates how the university handled the claims.

January 19, 2024

Loyola University Maryland says it had ties to an 1838 sale of slaves

Loyola University Maryland said it had ties to an 1838 sale of enslaved people orchestrated by Jesuit priests. Money from the sale was also used to pay off debt at Georgetown University.

January 18, 2024

After Harvard and Penn resignations, who wants to be a college president?

The resignation of Claudine Gay from Harvard and Liz Magill from the University of Pennsylvania highlighted the escalating pressures on college presidents.

January 12, 2024

Resignation at Harvard latest but not last salvo in GOP war on colleges

The resignation of Claudine Gay as Harvard president was the latest battle in a conservative war on higher education and raised questions including how the GOP might continue to pressure universities,

January 3, 2024

Harvard president resigns amid plagiarism allegations, testimony backlash

Claudine Gay resigned as Harvard President Tuesday amid mounting criticism of her scholarship and leadership on the campus.

January 2, 2024

Harvard president will update dissertation after more plagiarism allegations

Scrutiny is intensifying on Claudine Gay after her testimony on campus antisemitism.

December 21, 2023

Criticism of Harvard’s president is growing. Some see race as a factor.

Harvard President Claudine Gay, under fire after a congressional hearing on antisemitism, is now also facing additional criticism.

December 15, 2023

Harvard president to remain after anger over testimony on antisemitism

Harvard President Claudine Gay received support from the university’s top governing board on Tuesday after days of backlash and calls for her removal.

December 12, 2023

Harvard faculty, alumni fight for president as push for free speech grows

More than 650 faculty at Harvard University signed a letter in support President Claudine Gay amid criticism of her congressional testimony on antisemitism.

December 11, 2023