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Greenblatt Stays As Executive VP Search Goes On

By Rosa Cao


STAFF REPORTER

Sherwin Greenblatt ’62 will continue to serve as interim executive vice president for finance and administration of MIT for up to two more years, while the search for a permanent replacement for former executive vice president John R. Curry continues.

“Sherwin Greenblatt is doing a terrific job as the EVP, and President Hockfield is grateful for his willingness to continue in that role, and wants to acknowledge his generosity,” said Kirk D. Kolenbrander, senior advisor to the president.

Greenblatt, former president of Bose Corporation, came out of retirement at Hockfield’s request in August 2005, and will be taking on duties devolving from the restructured Treasurer’s Office, as well as helping with the executive vice president search and transition process.

Greenblatt said organizational challenges lie ahead, including those necessary for absorbing the treasurer’s former functions into the executive vice president’s office with the retirement of Treasurer Allan S. Bufferd ’59 at the end of the academic year. MIT’s investment function and endowment management, also currently managed by Bufferd, will become the responsibility of a separate office.

Greenblatt described his last four months as vice president as similar to his undergraduate experience at MIT: like “the end of the firehose, where you’re in a big place, and everyone expects you to learn everything and know everything instantly.”

President Susan Hockfield said in August that the search for a new executive vice president would take several months. According to Kolenbrander, “the process is well underway; we’ve had the opportunity to talk to a number of excellent candidates.”

Greenblatt said the search “could have taken three months … but it’s a process that’s very unpredictable. Some other universities have been searching up to 18 months [to fill] this kind of position.”

Asked if he would accept the permanent position were he offered it, Greenblatt laughed. “I originally retired three years ago from a job where I was having a great time, because I wanted to have my free time and pursue interests that I couldn’t when I had a real job. This is a no-joke real job … I have a contribution to make here, but eventually it needs someone willing to stay for the duration.”