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Head of IS&T to step down Feb. 1, unrelated to Swartz events, says Smith

Marilyn T. Smith, head of MIT Information Services and Technology (IS&T), announced in an email to IS&T staff on Monday afternoon that she will step down on Feb. 1. “I want to let you know that after much reflection in recent weeks, I’ve decided to leave my position at MIT,” Smith wrote.

“My stepping down was a decision I arrived at well before the tragic death of Aaron Swartz. My departure is in no way connected to those events,” Smith said in an email to The Tech.

In her email to IS&T staff, Smith thanked her colleagues for their contributions, engagement, support, and friendship.

Executive vice president and treasurer Israel G. M. Ruiz ’01 praised Smith for strengthening “information governance structure” and promoting “a culture of collaboration and service” in a follow-up email to IS&T staff.

MIT has not yet decided on a replacement for Smith. Ruiz encouraged staff to send suggestions for potential candidates.

Smith joined MIT as head of IS&T in Sept. 2009. Before coming to MIT, Smith was the president of Hanover Insurance Group, and prior to joining the Group, she was vice president and chief information officer at Liberty Mutual’s Life and Group Division.

—Joanna Kao