Congrats to the new President of MIT!
According to the MIT News Office:
L. Rafael Reif, a distinguished electrical engineer whose seven-year
tenure as MIT's provost has helped MIT maintain its appetite for bold
action as well as its firm financial footing, has been selected as the
17th president of the Institute.
Reif, 61, was elected to the post this morning by a vote of the MIT
Corporation. He will assume the MIT presidency on July 2, 2012.
As the Institute's chief academic officer since 2005, Reif led the
design and implementation of the strategy that allowed MIT to weather
the global financial crisis; drove the growth of MIT's global strategy;
promoted a major faculty-led effort to address challenges
around race and diversity; helped foster the emergence of an innovation
cluster adjacent to MIT in Kendall Square; led the development of MITx,
the Institute's new initiative in online learning; and led MIT's role
in the formation of edX, the recently announced
partnership between MIT and Harvard University that builds on MITx and
that aims to enrich residential education while bringing online learning
to great numbers of people around the world.
Reif has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1980 and is currently
the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology in the Department
of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He succeeds Susan
Hockfield, who announced earlier this year that she
would step down after more than seven years as MIT's president.
More info is on MIT News.
Susan Hockfield was the first female to lead MIT.
Having spent two years at MIT, in the Transportation Systems Division under the sponsorship of a National Science Foundation Visiting Professorship for Women, and at the Sloan School of Management under a (now-called) Conti Faculty Fellowship from UMass Amherst, I wish this institution well. I have good colleagues and friends there and a neighbor's son will be a freshman there as of Fall 2012.