CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Harvard University dean apologized to faculty members for deciding to present a medal to Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III without adequately consulting them, the Harvard Crimson reported today.
"I explained that I have obviously failed to think through as carefully as I could have how such a reasonable instinct could be misinterpreted," Graham T. Allison, dean of the Kennedy School of Government, told the student newspaper about his remarks in the private meeting Thursday.
Allison said he personally made the decision to give the medal to Meese, did not regret it and had no plans to withdraw the offer.
Meese is scheduled to accept the award and give a speech at the school Wednesday.
The planned award touched off a controversy that included U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), a Harvard Law School graduate who lectures at the Kennedy school, declining an invitation to represent the school at Harvard's 350th anniversary celebration in September.