Dear Harvard staff,
I am writing to express my concerns regarding the recent decision to name the Harvard School of Arts and Sciences after Ken Griffin. While I understand that Mr. Griffin has made significant financial contributions to the institution, it is crucial to take into account his past actions in the realm of finance. As a prominent figure in the financial sector, he has been involved in multiple instances of predatory short selling and market manipulation. Such behavior has led to millions of dollars in fines, casting a shadow over his reputation and raising questions about the suitability of attaching his name to such a prestigious institution.
Naming the Harvard School of Arts and Sciences after Ken Griffin could be seen as tacitly endorsing his past actions, which go against the values of integrity, responsibility, and ethical conduct that the school seeks to promote. By associating the school with an individual known for questionable business practices, we risk tarnishing the reputation of an esteemed institution that has stood as a beacon of intellectual rigor and academic excellence for centuries.
It has come to light that Ken Griffin, a prominent figure in the financial sector, was involved in a disturbing incident of domestic violence. According to sources close to the couple, Mr. Griffin reportedly lost his temper during a heated argument and threw a bedpost at his wife. This distressing act of aggression not only exposes a darker side of Mr. Griffin’s character but also raises serious questions about his ability to serve as a role model for the institutions and communities with which he is affiliated.
In light of these concerns, I kindly request that the decision to name the Harvard School of Arts and Sciences after Ken Griffin be reconsidered. It is crucial to maintain the integrity and prestige of the institution by choosing a namesake who embodies the core values that Harvard seeks to uphold. By doing so, we can ensure that the school continues to inspire and educate future generations of scholars and leaders in a manner that aligns with the principles of honesty, respect, and ethical behavior.