Deutch Declines CIA Head Job OfferBy Ramy A. Arnaout
Institute Professor John M. Deutch '61, currently the deputy secretary of defense, has removed himself from consideration for the post of director of Central Intelligence, according to a Jan. 19 report in The New York Times.
In a surprising statement in the Times, unnamed associates of Deutch said that in addition to his reluctance to leave his current job, where he enjoys widespread power and respect, Deutch was concerned that being the CIA head might prevent him from eventually pursuing the MIT presidency.
"I regard John Deutch as the most talented, effective academic administrator I know," said Chairman of the Corporation Paul E. Gray '54, who served as president when Deutch was provost. Gray declined to further discuss his views on Deutch's possible designs on the MIT presidency.
Deutch has since dismissed the idea. "Any suggestion in The New York Times about what I might do in the future was mere press speculation," he said last week. "It would be presumptuous to suggest that I will be involved in the running of any organization whose initials are not DoD."
Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. William Owens, and Deputy National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger are among those still under consideration for the post, the Times said.
The CIA position opened up when R. James Woolsey resigned in December.