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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.


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.


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.


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.


Martin A. Schmidt

Provost, MIT

Martin A. Schmidt received his B.S. degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981 and his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He joined the MIT faculty in 1988 in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. From 1999 to 2006, he served as the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at MIT. MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that provides shared research infrastructure for all of the campus’ activities in micro and nanotechnology and supports the research of approximately 500 students and staff.

In February 2014, he was appointed provost of MIT. Beginning in 2008, he served as associate provost, managing the Institute’s space and the renovation/renewal budgets. Since January 2012, he also assumed responsibilities for “all things industry” as the senior administrative officer responsible for MIT’s industrial interactions. In this capacity, the Technology Licensing Office and Office of Corporate Relations report to him. Beyond his regular responsibilities, he also co-led the Institute’s Task Force on the Budget in response to the 2008 financial crisis. He has played an active role as MIT’s faculty lead in support of the MIT president’s role as co-chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together the federal government, industry, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States. Lastly, he served as one of the 20 faculty members on the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) study, a two-year study focused on understanding the critical linkage of production to the innovation process. The PIE work resulted in two books published by the MIT Press.

He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and has an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark. He was elected as a fellow of the IEEE in 2004 for contributions to design and fabrication of microelectromechanical systems. He has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award and the Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Award at MIT.

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