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Hecht Retires as AA EVP and CEO; Garvin Named

At the March board meeting, James A. Lash ‘66, president of the Alumni Association, announced that William J. Hecht ‘61 will retire as executive vice president and CEO of the Association effective June 30. Elizabeth A. Garvin HM, managing director of the Association and director of the Alumni Fund, will succeed Hecht, who will continue half-time as CEO emeritus until 2005.

“I regard this as good news both from an Association and a personal point of view,” says Hecht, who has been in this position since 1980. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve MIT for so many years. This is a rare and wonderful place that deserves the support, criticism, and affection of all alumni.”

“The Association partnership between alumni volunteers and staff has served MIT and its alumni extremely well for generations,” says Garvin, who has been at MIT since 1985 and joined the Association staff in 1988. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to help guide the direction of these efforts in the coming years.” Garvin was named an honorary member of the Association last June.

Lash praised Hecht for his “patient, thoughtful leadership” over 23 years and for building “one of the most highly regarded alumni associations in the country.” Noting that Garvin was the unanimous choice of the Association Board of Directors, Lash commented, “Her 17 years at MIT have given her strong working relationships with alumni, faculty, and administrators.”

“Alumni have a deep and abiding affection for Bill, which is evident here on campus, across the U.S., and, indeed, throughout the world wherever MIT alumni gather,” noted MIT president Charles M. Vest HM. “I have seen firsthand Beth’s enthusiasm, commitment, and effectiveness with MIT and our alumni,” he continued. “I am looking forward to working with her to strengthen MIT’s vital alumni relationships.”

During Hecht’s tenure the Alumni Fund grew to over $30 million, the Association Web presence was established, Technology Review grew in national stature, and the Enterprise Forum was created. In addition to leading the Association, Hecht served MIT in many volunteer capacities. He received the Bronze Beaver Award, the highest honor MIT bestows upon its alumni for service to the Association and MIT, in 1999. 

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