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Interviews to Start in a Month

By Marissa Vogt


The two committees charged with the task of selecting MIT’s 16th president will begin discussions with potential candidates for the presidency within the next four weeks, said James A. Champy ’63, chair of the Corporation Committee on the Presidency.

The committee has been meeting jointly with the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Corporation on the Presidential Search since the two committees were formed in January.

“The search committee is very engaged and hard at work,” Champy said. “We are close to identifying people we would like to talk with.”

Champy said that the committee, which right now is meeting every two weeks, is “three to four weeks away from beginning to talk to potential candidates.”

As the committee begins speaking with candidates, it will also begin to meet more often, he said. He also said that he expects they will be meeting with students “within two to three weeks.”

Champy said that names of potential candidates are coming from a variety of sources, including faculty, students and alumni.

Search involves interview process

Jerome I. Friedman, chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Corporation on the Presidential Search, said that the committees are working to “understand special opportunities and challenges a president at MIT would face.”

Friedman called the search “broad,” saying that they were considering a wide variety of candidates.

Champy said “the committees will start to narrow the candidates to a smaller and smaller pool” eventually, but that point is still “months away.”

Friedman said that interviews with candidates will provide a “good chance to see what that person’s vision is for MIT.”

“There are certainly some fundamental values” the committees will be looking for, said Champy, including “a belief in excellence and openness.” Champy said the committee will also be looking for “skills you would expect from a president, such as leadership and management.”