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Board of Directors

Mr. Reid Ashe
COO, Media General, Inc.

Reid Ashe retired at the end of 2011 as Chief Operating Officer of Media General, Inc, where he supervised the company's 18 network-affiliated television stations, 23 newspapers and a variety of online enterprises.

He previously served as publisher of The Tampa (Florida) Tribune, Media General's largest newspaper. Before that he held positions as publisher of The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle, and as editor and publisher of The Jackson (Tennessee) Sun.

Ashe began his career in journalism as assistant editor of Technology Review. He subsequently worked as a reporter at The Washington (N.C.) Daily News and The Jackson Sun.

He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an S.B. in electrical engineering in 1971. He also completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development in 1978.

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Judith M. Cole
Executive Vice President and CEO, MIT Alumni Association

Judith M. Cole, Executive Vice President and CEO of the MIT Alumni Association, came to MIT in August of 2009. Previously, Ms. Cole served as the Associate Vice President of University Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for five years. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, she had served in a wide variety of positions in the alumni association at Yale University in New Haven CT. In her last position at the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) she was the Director of Education and Alumni Services.

She earned her master’s of public and private management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and following her graduation, Ms. Cole was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Before attending graduate school, Ms. Cole was an oil and gas banker in Houston Texas.

Ms. Cole serves as the Treasurer of the Association of Private College and University Alumni Directors, is a member of the Board of TPC Independent 529 Plan, a non-profit tuition prepayment consortium and was formerly a member of the Board of the Yale Club of Pittsburgh.

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Professor Jerome Friedman
Institute Professor, MIT

Jerome Friedman was born in Chicago in 1930. He received his A.B., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago in 1950, 1953, and 1956, respectively. After spending a year as a research associate at the University of Chicago, he went on to a three year appointment as a research associate at Stanford University. In 1960, he was hired at MIT as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1967. At MIT he has served as Director of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Head of the Physics Department. In 1991, he was appointed as Institute Professor. He is an experimental particle physicist whose research has included studies of particle structure and interactions with high energy electrons, neutrinos, and hadrons.

He received, jointly with Henry Kendall and Richard Taylor, the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990 and the W.H.K. Panofsky Prize in 1989 for the experimental discovery of quarks. He also received the Alumni Medal of the University of Chicago. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He has been a member of numerous advisory committees for the DOE and various laboratories, including the Cambridge Electron Accelerator, Princeton-Penn Accelerator, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Fermilab, Wilson Laboratory, MIT-Bates Linear Accelerator, the Superconducting Super Collider, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the University Research Association and as a member of the Board of Physics and Astronomy of the National Research Council. He was President of the American Physical Society in 1999 and Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in 2001. He was also a member of the Scientific Policy Committee of CERN and is currently serving on the Council of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization of Japan.

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Mr. Israel Ruiz
Executive Vice President and Treasurer, MIT

Israel Ruiz became Executive Vice President and Treasurer in October 2011. As EVP and Treasurer, Mr. Ruiz is responsible for MIT's capital programs, facilities, human resources, medical services, environmental health and safety operations, and information technology, and he serves as the Institute’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

Prior to becoming EVP and Treasurer, Mr. Ruiz was MIT's Vice President for Finance. In that post, he served a leadership role in the financial aspects of institutional planning and analysis, and was responsible for preparing the financial reporting and materials presented to MIT’s Executive Committee and Corporation.

As Vice President for Finance, Mr. Ruiz led a team that manages the Institute’s financing strategy, financial and capital planning, annual budgeting, receipt and disbursement of funds, accounting policies and services, research post-award management, procurement, and property management. He served a critical role in ensuring the integrity of MIT financial reporting and compliance.

In May 2011 Mr. Ruiz led the successful completion of a landmark $750 million taxable century bond offering to support MIT’s ongoing campus development program, including academic and research capital projects within the MIT 2030 development framework.

Mr. Ruiz joined MIT in 2002 as manager of financial planning and analysis and became associate director of the Office of Budget and Financial Planning in 2003. He was named director of finance in 2005 and Vice President for Finance two years later.

Born in Barcelona, Mr. Ruiz holds a master’s degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a degree in industrial and mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Before joining MIT he worked as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard and at Nissan Automotive. Mr. Ruiz serves on the board of directors of the MIT Press, the Cooperative Society of Harvard and MIT (“The Coop”), MIT Endicott House, and the Prince of Girona Foundation in Spain, which is dedicated to promoting youth education and entrepreneurship and resolving social economic issues.

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Megan Smith
Vice President, New Business Development, Google, Inc.

Megan oversees teams that manage early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing working closely with Google's engineering and product teams globally. She joined Google in 2003 and has led several of the company's acquisitions, including Keyhole (Google Earth), Where2Tech (Google Maps) and Picasa. She also co-led the company's early work with publishers for Google Book Search. Recently, Megan led the Google.org team transition to add and expand engineering based projects like Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Earth Engine in addition to Google's more traditional corporate giving.

Previously, Megan was the CEO and, earlier, COO of PlanetOut, the leading gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender online community. Under her leadership, PlanetOut grew tenfold in reach and revenue. Prior to that, Megan was at General Magic for six years working on handheld communications products and partnerships. She also worked in multimedia at Apple Japan in Tokyo.

Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, such as designing an award-winning bicycle lock; working on a space station construction research project that eventually flew on the U.S. space shuttle; and running a field-research study on solar cookstoves in South America. She was also a member of the MIT-Solectria student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car in the first cross-continental solar car race, covering 2000 miles of the Australian outback. She was selected as one of the 100 World Economic Forum technology pioneers for 2001 and 2002.

Megan holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.

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Professor Sheila Widnall
Institute Professor and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

Professor Widnall earned three degrees from MIT in aeronautics and astronautics and joined the faculty in 1964. She was appointed Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1986 and Institute Professor in 1998. She served as MIT's associate provost from 1992 to 1993.

As secretary of the Air Force from 1993 to 1997, Widnall was the first woman ever to head a military service. Responsible for a $62 billion budget, she oversaw the recruiting, training, and equipping of 800,000 men and women and cochaired the Department of Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.

Professor Widnall stepped down from her position as secretary of the Air Force on October 31, 1997, to return to her faculty position at MIT. A world-renowned engineer, she holds three patents and is widely known for her work in fluid dynamics, most notably for studies of aerodynamic noise, turbulence, and vortex flows.

In 2003, Professor Widnall was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. She served on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and is now vice president of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Ms. Ann Wolpert
Director of Libraries, MIT

Ann Wolpert became Director of Libraries for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January 1996. Recently, Wolpert also assumed oversight of Technology Review magazine. Wolpert's Institute responsibilities include membership on the Committee on Copyright and Patents, the Council on Educational Technology, the Campus Plan Steering Committee, the Deans' Committee, and the President's Academic Council. She chairs the Management Board of the MIT Press, serves on the Open Courseware Interim Management Board, and is Co-chair of the Internal Review Committee for Financial Systems Services and Information Systems.

Prior to joining MIT, Wolpert was Executive Director of Library and Information Services at the Harvard Business School. Her experience also includes management of the Information Center of Arthur D. Little, Inc., where she additionally engaged in consulting assignments. More recent consulting assignments have taken her to Adelphi University in New York, to the campuses of INCAE in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and to the Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Selangor, Malaysia.

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