MIT Corporation names new members at meeting


The MIT Corporation, the Institute's board of trustees, elected eight term members and two life members at its quarterly meeting on Friday morning, June 8, before the Commencement exercises. Dana G. Mead, chair of the Corporation, announced the election results. All memberships are effective July 1. Mead also announced that Abigail P. Johnson was elected earlier in the year to fill an unexpired term that began on January 1.

The new life members are L. Robert Johnson, Class of 1963, and Norman E. Gaut. Johnson has been an Alumni Association nominee to the Corporation since 1996 and served as president of the Alumni Association in 2001-2002. Gaut received his M.S. degree from MIT in 1964 and his Ph.D. in 1967, and has been a term member of the Corporation since 1997.

It was also announced at the meeting that Harbo Peter Jensen has been named the 2007-2008 president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT. As such, he becomes an ex officio member of the Corporation. Jensen served a previous five-year term on the Corporation from 1999-2004 as an alumni nominee. He succeeds Martin Y. Tang, who returns to the Corporation to complete his five-year term that will conclude in 2009.

As of July 1, the Corporation will consist of 70 distinguished leaders in education, science, engineering and industry; of those, 20 are life members and eight are ex officio. An additional 34 individuals are life members emeritus, participating in meetings, but without a vote.

New Members and other Corporation appointments:

O. Reid Ashe Jr.

Chief Operating Office, Media General
Term: Five years (Alumni Association Nominee)
Education: S.B. 1971 (MIT), completed the Business School Program for Management Development (Harvard)
Current MIT Activities: Member, Board of Directors, Technology Review; Reunion Gift Committees (class of '71)

Carly S. Fiorina

Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Term: Five years (Corporation member since 2004)
Education: B.A. 1976 (Stanford), M.A. 1980 (University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business), M.S. 1989 (MIT Sloan School)
Current MIT Activities: Visiting Committees for Libraries, and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Member, Corporation Membership Committee.

Norman E. Gaut

Chair, Semaco
Term: Life Member (Corporation member since 1997)
Education: B.A. 1959 (UCLA), M.S. 1964 (MIT), Ph.D. 1967 (MIT)
Current MIT Activities: Visiting Committee for Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (chair since 1997), Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Whitaker College. Member, Audit Committee since 2000. Active with MIT Venture Mentoring Service.
MIT Honors: Founding Life Sustaining Fellow (1979)

John W. Jarve

Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
Term: Five years (Alumni Association Nominee; former Corporation member, 1998-2003)
Education: S.B., S.M. 1978 (MIT), M.D. 1983 (Stanford)
Current MIT Activities: Visiting Committees for Dean of Undergraduate Education and Corporation Development Committee. Director and past president, MIT Club of Northern California.
MIT Honors: Bronze Beaver Award (1998), Harold E. Lobdell '17 Distinguished Service Award (1991)

Harbo Peter Jensen

Vice President, ChevronTexaco Global Technologies Services Company
Term: Ex officio for one year, as president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT (2007-2008); former Corporation member, 1999-2004
Education: B.A. 1971 (Northeastern University), Ph.D. 1974 (MIT)
Current MIT Activities: Visiting Committees for the Biological Engineering Division and Materials Science and Engineering.
MIT Honors: Harold E. Lobdell '17 Distinguished Award (1986), Bronze Beaver Award (1994)

Abigail P. Johnson

President, Fidelity Employers -Services Company
Term:  18 months (to fill an unexpired term)
Education: B.A. 1984 (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), M.B.A. 1988 (Harvard Business School)

Diana Chapman Walsh

President, Wellesley College
Term: Five years
Education: B.A. 1966 (Wellesley), M.S. 1971 (Boston University), Ph.D. 1983 (Boston University, University Professors Program)

L. Robert Johnson

Managing Partner, Founders Capital Partners
Term: Life Member (Corporation member since 1996)
Education: S.B. 1963 (MIT), M.B.A. with distinction 1965 (Harvard)
Current MIT Activities: Visiting Committee for Biology, Physics, and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Member, Corporation Development Committee, Club of Southern California (life director since 2007).
MIT Honors: Life Sustaining Fellow (1979), Henry B. Kane Award (1988), Harold E. Lobdell Award (1993), Bronze Beaver Award (1996), Marshall B. Dalton '15 Award (1999)

Alan G. Spoon

Managing General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners LLC
Term: Five years (Corporation member since 2002)
Education: S.B., S.M. 1973 (MIT, Sloan School), J.D. 1976 (Harvard Law School)
Current MIT Activities: Visiting Committee for Political Science and Dean of Student Life. Member, Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (chair since 2006), Dean's Advisory Council for Sloan School, Alfred P. Sloan Management society, and Sloan Management Review Board.
MIT Honors: Eastern College Athletic Association Award for outstanding student/athlete (1973)

Frederick A. Middleton Jr.

Managing Director and Founder, Sanderling Ventures
Term: Five years (Alumni Association Nominee)
Education: S.B. 1971 (MIT), M.B.A. with distinction 1973 (Harvard Business School)
Current MIT Activities: Member, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Visiting Committee, Corporation Development Committee. Advisory Director for MIT Center for Cancer Research; active in establishing Center for Learning and Memory.

Raymond C. Kurzweil

Chair, CEO, Kurzweil-Technologies
Term: Five years (Corporation member since 2005)
Education: S.B. 1970 (MIT)
Current MIT Activities: Visiting Committee for Biological Engineering Division, and Media Lab/Media Arts and Sciences.
MIT Honors: Lemelson-MIT Prize (2000), MIT Inventor of the Year Award (1988)

Barun Singh

Owner, CEO, Thinkify LLC
Term: Five years (Recent -Classes Nominee)
Education: B.A., B.S. 1999 (Auburn University), M.S. 2001 (University of Michigan), M.S. 2006 (MIT)
Current MIT Activities: Opinion Editor for The Tech.
MIT Honors: William L. Stewart Jr. Award (2006), Avery Allen Ashdown Award (2006), National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2001-2004), Ashdown Outstanding Officer Award (2002)

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 13, 2007 (download PDF).


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