Corporation names new members

Gordon M. Binder


The MIT Corporation, the Institute's board of trustees, elected nine term members and three life members at its quarterly meeting on Friday morning, June 5, before the Commencement exercises. Dana G. Mead, chair of the Corporation, announced the election results. All memberships are effective July 1.

The new life members are Gordon M. Binder, Gururaj Deshpande and Barrie R. Zesiger. Binder, who has been a Corporation member since 2000, is currently managing director of Coastview Capital LLC, a life science venture capital firm based in southern California, which he co-founded in 2001. Deshpande co-founded Sycamore Networks in 1998; he and his wife, Jaishree, are trustees of the Deshpande Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and international development. He has been a member of the Corporation since 2000. Zesiger formed Zesiger Capital Group LLC with her husband, Albert L. Zesiger '51, and has been a Corporation member since 1999.

It was also announced at the meeting that Kenneth Wang '71 has been named the 2009-2010 president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT. As such, he becomes an ex officio member of the Corporation. He succeeds Antonia D. Schuman '58, who returns to the Corporation for a new five-year term that will conclude in 2014.

As of July 1, the Corporation will consist of 74 distinguished leaders in education, science, engineering and industry; of those, 23 are life members and eight are ex officio. An additional 32 individuals are life members emeritus, participating in meetings, but without a vote.

The new members are:

Raja H.R. Bobbili
Recent MIT graduate; Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company
Term: Five years (recent classes nominee)
Education: SB in electrical engineering and computer science and SB in economics from MIT (2008)
Current MIT activities: Experimental Study Group Alumni Steering Committee; Institute Awards Selection Committee, Committee Member for the Compton Prize

Brit J. d'Arbeloff
Term: Five years
Education: SB from Stanford University (1957); SM in mechanical engineering from MIT (1961)
Current MIT activities: Several Corporation Visiting Committees; chair of the Council for the Arts@MIT.

Rafael del Pino
Chairman, Grupo Ferrovial SA
Term: Five years
Education: MS in civil engineering from University of Madrid (1981); SM in management from MIT (1986)
Current MIT activities: Sloan School Visiting Committee, MIT Energy Initiative External Advisory Board; Sloan European Executive Board

Mohammed A. Jameel
President, Abdul Latif Jameel Co. Ltd.
Term: Five years
Education: SB in civil and environmental engineering from MIT (1978)

Cleve L. Killingsworth
Chairman, President, and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Term: Five years (alumni association nominee)
Education: SB in management from MIT (1974); MPH from Yale University (1976)
Current MIT activities: Political Science Visiting Committee

Robert B. Millard
Partner, Realm Partnership
Term: Five years (second 5-year term)
Education: SB in architecture from MIT (1973); MBA from Harvard University (1976)
Current MIT activities: Corporation member; Executive Committee; vice chair, Investment Management Company Board; several Corporation Visiting Committees

Alejandro Padilla
State Senator, California Legislature
Term: Five years (alumni association nominee)
Education: SB in mechanical engineering from MIT (1994)
Current MIT activities: Urban Studies and Planning Visiting Committee; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, MIT Student Chapter

Antonia D. Schuman
Manager of Advanced Systems, Retired, TRW Data Technologies Division
Term: Five years (alumni association nominee; second 5-year term)
Education: SB in mechanical engineering from MIT (1958)
Current MIT activities: president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT (2008-2009); Corporation member

Peter L. Slavin
President, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Term: Five years (first full five-year term)
Education: SB from Harvard College (1979); MD from Harvard Medical School (1984); MBA from Harvard Business School (1990)
Current MIT activities: Corporation member; Engineering Systems Visiting Committee; Medical Management Board

Kenneth Wang
President, U.S. Summit Company
Term: Ex officio for one year, as president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT
Education: Friends Seminary School (1967); SB in economics from MIT (1971); MBA from Harvard Business School (1976).
Current MIT activities: Economics Visiting Committee; Architecture Visiting Committee; Dean for Student Life Visiting Committee; Humanities Visiting Committee

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 10, 2009 (download PDF).


Topics: Administration, Alumni/ae, Industry

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