MIT President Susan Hockfield announced today that Sherwin Greenblatt, director of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, has agreed to serve as the Institute's interim executive vice president while the search is conducted for a new executive vice president for finance and administration.
MIT Executive Vice President John Curry announced in early August that he will leave MIT in September to join the Huron Consulting Group, a national financial and operations consulting firm, as managing director of its higher education division.
Greenblatt, who is the former president of Bose Corp., holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. He spent most of his career at Bose, beginning as project engineer in the early development of the Bose speakers and related electronic systems, and later serving as director of engineering and executive vice president before becoming the company's president. He joined MIT's Venture Mentoring Service early in 2002.
In making the announcement, Hockfield said, "I am most grateful to Mr. Greenblatt for agreeing to step in during this interim period." Greenblatt will resume his role as director of the Venture Mentoring Service once a new executive vice president is in place, Hockfield said.
The president said that she and the provost will be working with the firm of Spencer Stuart in the search and will be assisted by an internal advisory group consisting of William Anderson (chief facilities officer), Jerrold Grochow (vice president for Information Services and Technology), Rebecca Henderson (professor of management) and Robert Silbey (dean of the School of Science).
In her announcement concerning the interim appointment and the search, the president invited faculty and staff to share their thoughts on administrative or financial issues critical to the Institute's future. These comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.