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Mead Elected Head Of MIT Corporation

By Beckett W. Sterner


Dana G. Mead PhD ’67 has been elected the new chairman of the MIT Corporation, MIT’s governing body.

The corporation voted to elect Mead on March 7, and he will become the chairman on July 1.

The MIT Corporation is similar to the board of trustees of other universities, and along with President Charles M. Vest, makes the major policy decisions for MIT.

Mead, the chief executive officer of Tenneco Automotive, Inc. until 1999, received his bachelor’s in engineering from West Point in 1957 and his doctorate from MIT in political science in 1967.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to help enhance the unique spirit which contributes to the preeminent position that MIT enjoys today,” Mead told Tech Talk.

Alexander d’Arbeloff ’49, the current chairman, said that Mead will face a different environment than he did in the past few years.

“Unfortunately, we’ve now had three years of an economy that hasn’t been doing well. He is going to have to face a different series of issues,” d’Arbeloff said.

“That’s going to be a challenge, and I think Dana’s up to it,”he said.

Mead has been a member of the Corporation since 1996. The majority of the Corporation’s members are MIT alumni. Currently, Mead is the chair of the visiting committee for the Nuclear Engineering department.

Mead brings varied experiences

Mead has experience in business, science, and teaching.

James A. Champy ’63, the head of the search committee, told Tech Talk that “Dana knows MIT well and will bring experiences from other academic institutions as well as the private sector to his new role. MIT is fortunate to have such an active corporate body and a person so skilled in governance as its chair.”

In addition to working as deputy head of the social sciences department and as a tenured professor at West Point, Mead has also lectured in classes at the Sloan School of Management, d’Arbeloff said.

Mead was the chairman and chief executive of Tenneco Automotive from 1994 to 1999. Tenneco is a global manufacturing company that designs, produces, and distributes automotive ride control and emission control devices for car companies.

Mead also served in Army armor and airborne units with distinction from 1957 to 1970. During his service, Mead toured in West Germany and Vietnam.

Currently, Mead is on the boards of Pfizer Inc. and Zurich Financial Services, among others. Mead is also on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.