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Dana G. Mead PhD ’67

Chairman of the MIT Corporation, 2003 - 2010

MIT Corporation life member, emeritus

Chairman and CEO, Tenneco, Inc., 1992 - 2000

Chairman of the MIT Corporation, 2003 - 2010

MIT Corporation life member, emeritus

Chairman and CEO, Tenneco, Inc., 1992 - 2000

Dana G. Mead PhD ’67 
Chairman of the MIT Corporation, 2003 – 2010
MIT Corporation life member, emeritus
Chairman and CEO, Tenneco, Inc., 1992 - 2000

Dana Mead is a graduate of West Point who later earned a PhD in Political Science at MIT. He chaired the Business Roundtable in 1998–1999 and the National Association of Manufacturers from 1995–1997, becoming the first business leader elected to those positions. Dr. Mead serves on the board of directors of Pfizer, Zurich Financial Services, and the JASON Foundation for Education. He has received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, the McCloy Award from the American Council on Germany, and the Woodrow Wilson Award from the foundation of the same name. Dr. Mead completed his sixth year as chairman of the MIT Corporation in 2010.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Experience as both a student and tenured professor at West Point.
  • Importance of teaching leadership skills as part of an undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Reflections on his changing role within the Corporation and on the Corporation’s relationship with MIT.
  • Work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his desire to bring more arts programs to the Institute.

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