Friday, February 17, 2012

MIT President Susan Hockfield to Step Down

The MIT News story that broke the news also has an extensive section on all the new initiatives and achievements of the Hockfield presidency.

A part of MIT history

Hockfield came to MIT from the outside. After serving on the scientific staff at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, Hockfield joined the faculty of Yale University in 1985, where she focused her research on the development of the brain, and in particular on glioma (brain cancer); she pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research. After gaining tenure at Yale in 1991, Hockfield emerged as an effective administrator, serving first as the dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and then as provost, Yale’s chief academic and administrative officer.

Hockfield’s appointment as MIT’s 16th president represented two historic moments in one: Hockfield was both the first woman to be named MIT’s president and the first life scientist. ...

Bloomberg notes:

Hockfield is among a small number of women to lead elite research universities, including Drew Faust at Harvard University, Shirley Tilghman at Princeton University, Ruth Simmons at Brown University and Amy Gutmann at the University of Pennsylvania, all members of the Ivy League in the northeastern U.S. Simmons announced last year she would step down this year.