MIT names provost new president
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has named L. Rafael Reif as its new president.
The 61-year-old electrical engineer has been provost at the prestigious university in Cambridge, Mass., since 2005 and on the faculty since 1980.
Reif was named the university's 17th president by the school's governing body Wednesday. He takes over July 2, succeeding Susan Hockfield. The 60-year-old Hockfield, the first woman and the first biologist to lead MIT, announced earlier this year that she's stepping down after eight years as president.
As provost, Reif spearheaded a strategy that helped MIT weather the global financial crisis. He promoted a faculty-led effort to address race and diversity, and led the development of edX, an online learning partnership with Harvard University.
Reif said MIT's influence on him has been "profound."