Since the October announcement that Eric Grimson was assuming a new fundraising role and Chris Kaiser was returning to a faculty role, DUE had been anxiously awaiting the announcement of the new Chancellor and Provost. Earlier this month, we got the news that Cindy Barnhart and Marty Schmidt were named to these roles. While DUE interacts with many of the senior-most leaders of MIT, we work very closely with the Chancellor and the Provost, who shape the direction of the work we do through priorities and budget.
I was pleased at the appointment of Cindy Barnhart as the new Chancellor. As Associate Dean in the School of Engineering, Cindy chaired the School of Engineering Education Council. I had the opportunity to work with her in my role as the EECS Education Officer and Undergraduate Officer. My impression of her was that she was deeply interested in addressing educational issues and compassionate to the needs of the students. This was evident last week as we worked with the UA to address the closing time of CPW student-led events. She was eager to hear the UA’s perspective and develop a policy that was consistent with Institute policies yet responsive to student preferences.