Thursday, February 16, 2012

Who Will Be the Next President of MIT -- Dr. Susan Hockfield to Step Down

It has recently been announced that Dr. Susan Hockfield, who is the first female President of MIT, will be stepping down as soon as her successor is found. She has been the President of MIT, making "herstory," since 2004 and according to decided to step down (she will keep her Professorship in Brain Science) during the winter break.

MIT is about to embark on another major fund-raising campaign, which will take years.

She has done remarkable work for MIT and, in my opinion, has increased its visibility in a very human and humane way.

Along with the other first female President down the road (Mass Ave.) in Cambridge, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard, she has shown what university leadership can be.

It will be very interesting to see who will follow in Hockfield's footsteps as the next President of MIT.

In an earlier blogpost, I wrote about the President of Brown University, Dr. Ruth Simmons, also stepping down. She is the first female President of this Ivy League university and has served and led it brilliantly.