Liveblog: MIT announces its 17th President

10:55 a.m. “What are you going to drop when you become president?” – The Tech
“I think the way I view a management team — I think everyone ought to have a responsibility and they ought to have the authority to act on the responsibility. My job is to make sure all of them are working in unison together. Clearly as president, you’re not the provost. Nevertheless, I need to know how to balance each other. In my view, it’s more like an orchestra leader to make sure everything works together.” – Reif

10:54 a.m. “How do you plan to educate yourself on student issues?” – The Tech
“I’m surrounding with people who are very knowledgeable about those issues. I want to understand everything that we’re doing. I try to engage students continuously because I need to know how they are viewing MIT.” – Reif

10:54 a.m. “You have a chance to get there if you apply yourself.” – Reif

10:52 a.m. “If you apply yourself, you have a good choice of where you are going to be.” Reif, on what he would tell others who grew up like he did.

10:51 a.m. “You’ve always been very accessible? How will you remain accessible?
His answer? “Who says I will?”
“Something that I’ve done quite successfully that every morning and afternoon, I go for a walk and so people can approach me.

10:50 a.m. “How will the education here differ from your education?”

10:49 a.m. “How will you be different from Susan Hockfield?”

10:48 a.m. The Q&A begins.

10:46 a.m. Reif also thanks President Susan Hockfield. “I want to thank Susan for the opportunity she gave me to work by her side. I have learned a tremendous amount from her. I want to thank her for giving me an opportunity of a lifetime.”

10:45 a.m. Reif thanks his family — his wife, his daughter, her husband, his son.

10:43 a.m. “I believe the job of the administration is to support the faculty and staff.” – Reif

10:40 a.m. “In leading MIT, I will be guided by MIT’s values and provided. This includes a commitment to meritocracy, excellence, to always take the high road and always do what is right, make a positive contribution…” – Reif

10:39 a.m. “This is a dream come true.” – Reif

10:39 a.m. Reif begins his remarks.

10:37 a.m. Rafael Reif will take office Monday, July 2nd.

10:36 a.m. John Reed, chairman of the Corporation, is kicking off the press conference.

10:21 a.m. We are setting up at the Media Lab for the press conference that will begin in 10 minutes.

10:20 a.m. The Tech caught the MIT’s 17th president, Rafael Reif, outside the Bush Room where the members of the Corporation were meeting this morning. First words from Rafael Reif? “I love The Tech.”

The MIT Corporation will be announcing MIT’s 17th President in a press conference at 10:30 a.m. The Tech will be liveblogging the event. Follow along for live updates starting near 10:15 a.m.

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