Robert M. Randolph will be formally installed as MIT's first chaplain to the Institute during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in Kresge Auditorium. President Susan Hockfield will speak at the service, as will the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University.
Randolph has spent more than a quarter-century at MIT in various roles. As chaplain to the Institute, Randolph will be charged with working alongside the members of the Board of Chaplains, who represent many religious traditions, in fostering interfaith discourse and educating the MIT community about the history and role of religions around the world. His portfolio includes coordinating pastoral response in times of crisis at the Institute, raising the profile of religious life at MIT and leading reflection on issues of social justice and core values.