Welcome Aboard President-elect Hockfield
We are excited and hopeful over the arrival of a new president at MIT. Your experience at other universities and your knowledge of the biomedical sciences bring new resources into the Institute's leadership. A new hand at the helm provides opportunities to make strategic and policy adjustments that may be needed. We hope you will view the faculty as your colleagues, allies, and advisors.
Opportunities for extensive discussions with faculty will be hard to find, but necessary.
Our faculty represents an extraordinary body of experience, knowledge, and engagement in the relationship of the Institute to both teaching and research missions, to the internal community of students and staff, and to the larger external community of institutions, corporations, governments, and nations.
Continuing globalization of the economy and the international sharing of knowledge means our role as a national resource has to be adjusted towards our also being an international resource. Given the increasing polarization of the U.S. economy into haves and have-nots , MIT will have to work even harder to avoid serving and training only the children of the haves . We are looking forward to working with you to achieve this goal.
[Editor's note: President Hockfield has agreed to address the faculty in the January/February MIT Faculty Newsletter .]