EECS Department Head Eric Grimson chosen as new MIT Chancellor

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February 10, 2011

As announced today, February 10, 2011, by the MIT News Office:

Today, MIT President Susan Hockfield announced the appointment of Professor Eric Grimson as the next Chancellor of MIT. He succeeds Phillip L. Clay, who in November announced his decision to step down after serving in the role for nearly 10 years.

Grimson is the Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

"I am very pleased that Professor Grimson has agreed to take on this critical post," said Hockfield. "He has demonstrated in every imaginable way his commitment to ensuring the fullness of the educational experience of our students. His record of scholarship, teaching and service to MIT is measured not only in decades, but also in the thousands of students he has taught, advised and mentored."

"Professor Grimson will inherit an office strengthened by Chancellor Clay’s wisdom and vision and that carries his legacy of connections and collaborations across MIT and around the world. We are all greatly indebted to the Chancellor for his service," Hockfield said. Professor Clay will assume the role of Senior Advisor to President Hockfield and will continue his leadership of the Campaign for Students to its conclusion in June. He will also continue to serve as an MIT ambassador to the region and the world.

Grimson’s selection is the product of a process that called on the Institute’s faculty, staff and student leaders. The Office of the President reached out to the presidents and vice presidents of the Undergraduate Association, the Graduate Student Council, the Dormitory Council, the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association to solicit their recommendations. Those student leaders formed a committee of students to propose recommendations, which the student leaders presented in a meeting with President Hockfield. In addition, Hockfield met with dozens of faculty and staff leaders from across the Institute to hear their thoughts on qualities and attributes most important in the role.

Professor Grimson’s appointment as chancellor will become effective March 1, 2011.

"I am honored and thrilled to be given this opportunity," said Grimson. "MIT has been my home for 35 years, and students have sustained and engaged me for all that time. Teaching them has been both an honor and a pleasure. In fact, I plan to continue to teach as long as my schedule allows, because I know no better way to stay close to students and to understand how best the Institute can serve them."

Read more about this announcement in the MIT News Office.

Congratulations Eric Grimson!