L. Rafael Reif selected as the 17th president of MIT

L. Rafael Reif, a distinguished electrical engineer whose seven-year tenure as MIT's provost has helped MIT maintain its appetite for bold action as well as its firm financial footing, has been selected as the 17th president of the Institute.

Reif, 61, was elected to the post on Wednesday, May 16, by a vote of the MIT Corporation. He will assume the MIT presidency on July 2.

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Video: Melanie Gonick; event footage: MIT Academic Media Production Services