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October 20, 2009

ALC Draws Hundreds to Leadership Event

A highlight of the annual Alumni Leadership Conference on campus is the presentation of awards at a festive dinner. At this year’s conference, held September 25-26, alumni and groups received 31 awards ranging from the Bronze Beaver, the MIT Alumni Association’s highest honor for those who have given decades of service, to the Presidential Citation Award, recognizing particularly effective group efforts in the past year.

You can review the online presentations about leadership and community building at

Bronze Beaver Awards

Bronze Beavers are given for decades of service to MIT in areas including club and class organization, fund-raising, educational counseling, and governance. This year there were three winners.

Joseph G. Hadzima Jr. ‘73, SM ‘77

Joseph Hadzima is a dynamic leader who has been involved with nearly every major entrepreneurship-­focused organization at MIT for decades. Under his leadership as chairman of the Enterprise Forum Board, the forum’s 24 chapters became a cohesive global organization. He was a founding judge of the original MIT $10K Business Plan Competition and continues to serve as a mentor and judge for the $100K event. He is an active volunteer with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and the Deshpande Center for Innovation. President of the intellectual-property strategy firm IPVision and a Sloan lecturer since 1984, Hadzima earned a Lobdell Award for distinguished service to the Association in 2003.

Patrick J. McGovern Jr. ‘59

Pat McGovern, who founded International Data Group and built it into the largest technology media company in the world, has been an extraordinarily generous donor, establishing the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the McGovern Professorship of Management. He has been a member of the MIT Corporation since 1989 and a life member since 1998, and he has served on numerous Institute visiting committees, the MIT ­OpenCourseWare Advisory Board, the Sloan Management Society, the Corporation Development Committee, and his 45th-reunion and 50th-reunion gift committees. His Bronze Beaver award honors his insightful, thoughtful, and visionary leadership.

Dana G. Mead, PhD ‘67

Dana Mead has been chair of the MIT Corporation since 2003, after an illustrious business career that culminated in his rise to chairman and chief executive officer of Tenneco, a global automotive-parts supplier. As MIT Corporation chair, he led the search that brought President Susan Hockfield to the Institute. Mead is a dedicated leader who has worked to improve the effectiveness of the Corporation and its visiting committees. He served on visiting committees for the Engineering Systems Division and the Department of Political Science, and he chaired the Nuclear Engineering Visiting Committee. His appreciation of alumni leadership in MIT’s governance has helped strengthen relationships across the Institute.

Bronze Beaver Award

Joseph G. Hadzima Jr. ‘73, SM ‘77

Patrick J. McGovern Jr. ‘59

Dana G. Mead, PhD ‘67

Henry B. Kane ‘24 Award

Claude L. Gerstle ‘68

Bhuvana K. Husain ‘00

Mike Scott ‘73

Robert E. Vernon ‘63, SM ‘65

R. Robert Wickham ‘93, SM ‘95

Harold E. Lobdell ‘17 Distinguished Service Award

Norman C. Bedford ‘38

John J. Carney ‘76

Paul D. Edelman ‘78

Max E. Gellert ‘48

Lawrence J. Krakauer ‘63, SM ‘64, PhD ‘70

William B. Lenoir ‘61, SM ‘62, PhD ‘65

Gail H. Marcus ‘68, SM ‘68, ScD ‘71

Mary V. Motto ‘93

Kimberly A. Vermeer ‘82

George B. Morgan ‘20 Award

Martin Aboitiz Uriarte ‘79

O. Reid Ashe Jr. ‘70

Alice E. Campbell ‘78, SM ‘79

Robert K. Fritzsche ‘73

Charles R. Gilman ‘87

Wendy Cone-Gilman ‘87

Will Hoon ‘87

Christine H. Taylor-Butler ‘81

Fred S. Tsuchiya ‘76, SM ‘78

Presidential Citation Award

1983 Reunion Gift Committee

Class of 2008 Senior Gift

LAMIT Ibero-American Conference

MIT Enterprise Forum Branding Committee

Women’s Crew 35th-Reunion Celebration

Honorary Membership
(presented in June)

Joanne Cummings

Cheryl N. Vossmer

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