Corporation elects new members, chair

John Reed is formally elected chair; 8 term members and 3 life members are also appointed


The MIT Corporation — the Institute's board of trustees — elected eight term members and three life members at its quarterly meeting on Friday, June 4, prior to the Commencement exercises. All memberships are effective July 1.

The election results were announced by Corporation Chair Dana G. Mead PhD ’67, who chaired his final meeting prior to stepping down. He is succeeded by John Reed ’61, SM ’65, who was formally elected to the role of chair at the meeting. Mead was also elected as a life member on Friday.

Life members serve without a specific term until they turn 75 years old, and term members serve five-year terms; both have voting rights in the Corporation. Alumni/ae nominees and representatives of recent graduating classes also serve five-year terms.

At age 75, life members become life members emeritus; while they no longer have a vote, they continue to play an active role in Institute affairs.

Along with Mead, the other two new life members are James H. Simons ’58 and John A. Thain ’77. Simons is president of Euclidean Capital and board chair of Renaissance Technologies LLC, a highly quantitative investment firm, from which he retired in 2009. Thain is chairman and CEO of CIT Group Inc.

It was also announced at the meeting that K. Anne Street ’69, SM ’72 has been named the 2010-2011 president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT. As such, she becomes an ex officio member of the Corporation. She succeeds Kenneth Wang ’71, who returns to the Corporation for a five-year term that will conclude in 2015.

As of July 1, the Corporation will consist of 76 distinguished leaders in education, science, engineering and industry; of those, 25 are life members and 8 are ex officio. An additional 33 individuals are life members emeritus.

The elected term members are:

Samuel W. Bodman III
Former United States Secretary of Energy

Term: Five years
Education: SB, Cornell University (1961); ScD, MIT (1965)
David D. Ho
Founding Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Term: Five years (second five-year term)
Education: BS, California Institute of Technology (1974); MD, Harvard Medical School (1978)
Current MIT activities: Corporation Visiting Committees (Biology, Whitaker College)
Sarah Stewart Johnson
White House Fellow
Term: Five years (recent classes nominee)
Education: BA, Washington University (2001); BA, MSc, University of Oxford (2003, 2005); PhD, MIT (2008)
Anita K. Jones
University Professor Emerita, University of Virginia
Term: Five years (second five-year term)
Education: BA, Rice University (1964); MA, University of Texas at Austin (1968); PhD, Carnegie Mellon University (1973)
Current MIT activities: Corporation Executive Committee; Corporation Visiting Committees (Engineering Systems Division, Sponsored Research); Advisory Board Member, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Martin Y. Tang
Director, MTDD, Ltd.
Term: Five years (Alumni Association nominee; second five-year term)
Education: SB, Cornell University (1970); SM, MIT (1972)
Current MIT activities: Corporation Visiting Committees (Dean for Undergraduate Education, Sloan School of Management)
Reginald Van Lee
Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
Term: Five years (Alumni Association nominee)
Education: SB, MIT (1979); SM, MIT (1980); MBA, Harvard Business School (1984)
Current MIT activities: Chair, Black Alumni of MIT; member, MIT Council for the Arts
Kenneth Wang
President, U.S. Summit Company
Term: Five years (Alumni Association nominee; second five-year term)
Education: SB, MIT (1971); MBA, Harvard Business School (1976).
Current MIT activities: Corporation Visiting Committees (Architecture, Dean for Student Life, Humanities); recent Alumni Association president
Chiquita V. White
Associate Director, Research and Product Development, Global Personal Power, Procter & Gamble
Term: Five years (second five-year term)
Education: SB, MIT (1985); SM, University of Pennsylvania (1987)
Current MIT activities: Life Member and the immediate past president of the Black Alumni of MIT; Corporation Executive Committee; Corporation Visiting Committees (Chemical Engineering; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences)
K. Anne Street
President and CEO, Riverside Consulting Group, Inc.
Term: Ex officio for one year, as president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT
Education: SB, MIT (1969); SM, MIT (1972)
Current MIT activities: Corporation Visiting Committees (Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Corporation Development Committee); member, MIT Council for the Arts

Topics: Administration, MIT Corporation, Alumni/ae

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