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Vice President Curry Takes Consulting JobTurnover Continues in Top Administration

By Kathy Lin

Executive Vice President John R. Curry will leave MIT next month for the Huron Consulting Group. His departure is the third from MIT’s highest administrative positions since December 2004.

Following turnover, only Chancellor Philip L. Clay PhD ’75 will remain a veteran member of the upper-level administration. President Susan Hockfield took over from Charles M. Vest in December, and L. Rafael Reif took over as provost only this Monday, replacing Robert A. Brown, who is now the president of Boston University.

The announcement was made yesterday in a press release from the MIT News Office and an e-mail to faculty and staff from Hockfield.

Curry became MIT’s first executive vice president seven years ago, and “is responsible for the overall leadership, management, and organization of the Institute’s administrative and financial affairs,” according to his biography on MIT’s Web site.

About 1,600 MIT employees report to Curry, according to the News Office press release. Curry’s accomplishments at MIT include “the massive capital renewal program that added 1.5 million square feet to the campus,” including the Stata Center, Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, Simmons Hall and the new Brain and Cognitive Sciences Project, according to Hockfield’s e-mail to faculty and staff.

Curry plans to join the Huron Consulting Group, a business consulting organization, as the managing director of their higher education practice, according to the press release.

Hockfield will soon initiate a search for Curry’s replacement, she wrote in her e-mail.

Curry was not immediately available for comment last night.