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By Reuven M. Lerner

Gibbons declined a presidential offer from Carnegie Mellon University last fall, according to The Tartan Despite his comment in The Tartan Gibbons was unavailable for comment.

In an telephone interview last month, Gibbons said he had spoken with the Corporation and faculty search committees, but he refused to say whether he was a candidate. He simply said that "there are a few perspectives that people from Stanford might have that might be of interest" to the search committees.

An article in The Stanford Daily Gibbons would be the fourth electrical engineer to head the Institute were he elected president.

Economics professor a An anonymous source told The Tech Joskow, who had not previously been mentioned as a candidate, was unavailable for comment.

If elected, Joskow would be the second economist to lead the Institute. Francis Amasa Walker, the third president, was a professor of political economy and history at Yale before coming to MIT in 1881.

Joskow received a BA in economics from Cornell University and a PhD in economics from Yale University. He worked for one year as a fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and was a visiting professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

In addition, he has served on the National Science Foundation's Regulation Sub-Panel, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Electricity and Economic Growth, and the Economic Task Force of the National Commission for Review of the Antitrust Laws. Joskow has also written over 60 articles, notes, and comments, as well as three books.

Other candidates mentioned shortly before the Sharp nomination included Dean of Engineering Gerald L. Wilson '61, Chemistry Department Chair Mark S. Wrighton, and Jack L. Kerrebrock, acting dean of engineering and a professor of aeronautics and astronautics.