Harvard University could be about to name its first female president, as the governing board charged with vetting candidates has narrowed its search to a single one, historian Drew Gilpin Faust, according to published reports.

The university had called a news conference for Sunday to announce the appointment. The Harvard Crimson newspaper reported Friday that Faust was expected to be chosen, citing three unidentified sources familiar with the decision. The Boston Globe reported the Harvard Corp. had finalized its recommendation and that Faust was the front-runner.