L. Rafael Reif, MIT's new President-elect

L. Rafael Reif, a distinguished electrical engineer, who is completing his seven-year tenure as MIT’s provost, has been selected as the 17th president of the Institute.

As the Institute’s chief academic officer since 2005, Reif led the development of MITx, the Institute’s new initiative in online learning; and led MIT’s role in the formation of edX, the recently announced partnership between MIT and Harvard University that builds on MITx.

This suggests long term support at the highest level for MIT’s massive open online programs.


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