Dean for Student Life Costantino Colombo announced this week that Agustín Rayo PhD ’01, an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, has been appointed as Housemaster for Senior House.
“Agustín has tremendous enthusiasm for being at MIT,” Colombo said. “He will be a wonderful leader and mentor for our students.”
Rayo will be joined at Senior House by his partner, Carmen Saracho, a novelist and restaurant critic. Rayo joined the MIT faculty in 2005 after spending four years at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His academic work focuses on the intersection of philosophy of logic and philosophy of language.
Rayo said that he and Saracho visited Senior House last year. “We were deeply impressed by the atmosphere of genuine tolerance for diversity that pervades the place. We instantly fell in love with the dorm.
“My time at MIT has been the happiest of my life," he added. "I love the fact that it is a place in which one can let one's nerdhood loose. I love that we have genuine intellectual freedom. I love that we have a real meritocracy."
Rayo replaces interim Housemasters Jagruti Patel ’97 and Antony Donovan ’94, both Senior House alumni who accepted a one-year transitional appointment for the 2009-2010 academic year.
MIT Housemasters are faculty who reside in the undergraduate and graduate residential halls and fill an important role in each house’s community; they are part advisor and advocate, part mentor and neighbor. Housemasters work closely with Graduate Resident Tutors, their house’s student government, and Residential Life staff to advise individual students, advocate for the house, and foster community life at the Institute.