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Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Corporation. Executive Committee

 Organization

Historical Note

During the tenure of Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Francis A. Walker, as the Institute grew in size, a committee of Corporation members was appointed, along with the president, to propose changes in the organization of the governing structure of MIT. Among the changes in the Institute’s bylaws was a call for the creation of an Executive Committee. Bylaw changes were proposed at the April 11, 1883, Corporation meeting, considered and approved at meetings of May 23 and 29, 1883, to take effect in October 1883. The Executive Committee was composed of the president and treasurer of MIT, who served ex officio, and five additional members who were elected by the Corporation.

At the October 10, 1883, Corporation meeting Henry B. Rogers, Augustus Lowell, Alexander S. Wheeler, Louis W. Tappan, and Francis Williams were voted as the five additional members of the first Executive Committee. The Executive Committee was to have responsibility for the “general administration and superintendence” of all matters relating to the School. In addition, the Executive Committee was to appoint the president, treasurer, and professors and teachers, subject to the confirmation of the larger Corporation.(1) The Executive Committee met for the first time on October 22, 1883.(2)

The Executive Committee meets ten times each academic year and is one of four standing committees of the Institute. The Executive Committee consists of the chair of the Corporation, president, and treasurer (ex officio members), up to five members and two rotating members, and the chair of the Investment Management Company Board, ex officio. The president is the chair of the Executive Committee. The bylaws outline the current duties of the Executive Committee.(3)

http://web.mit.edu/corporation/bylaws.shtml

http://web.mit.edu/committees/www/

NOTES

(1) MIT. Corporation Minutes, April 11, May 23, May 29, October 10, 1883. Institute Archives & Special Collections, collection AC 278, box 1.

(2) MIT. Executive Committee Minutes, October 22, 1883. Institute Archives & Special Collections, collection AC 272, box 1.

(3) http://web.mit.edu/corporation/bylaws/by14.shtml

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Corporation, Executive Committee minutes

 Collection
Identifier: AC-0272
Abstract The Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation was created in 1883 on the recommendation of a committee of members appointed by President Francis A. Walker to propose changes in the organization of the Institute's governing structure. The Executive Committee meets ten times each academic year and consists of the chair of the Corporation, president and treasurer (ex officio members), up to five members and two rotating members,...
Dates: 1866 to 2017; Majority of material found within 1883 - 2017