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James A. Champy ’63, SM ’65

Member, Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation 1999 - 2001, 2001 - 2011 

Chairman of Consulting, Dell Perot Systems Company

Member, Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation 1999 - 2001, 2001 - 2011 

Chairman of Consulting, Dell Perot Systems Company

James A. Champy ’63, SM ’65
MIT Corporation life member
Member, Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation 1999 – 2001, 2001 – 2011
Chairman of Consulting, Dell Perot Systems Company

James Champy, a 1963 graduate of MIT, has probably had more of a hand in shaping MIT's current leadership than anyone else. Mr. Champy is chairman of Perot System Corporation’s consulting practice, a life member of the MIT Corporation, and, since 2001, a member of the Corporation’s Executive Committee. He first became a member of the Corporation just six years after he graduated from MIT, before the Corporation implemented a specific program to elect recent graduates. He also worked at MIT for several years in the 1970s as executive vice president of the Alumni Association. More recently, he chaired the search committee that identified Dana Mead as MIT’s chairman in 2002 and, in 2003–2004, he led the Corporation committee that recommended Susan Hockfield as MIT’s 16th president.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • How the MIT experience helps students develop leadership skills.
  • Involvement in searching for new leaders at MIT.
  • Participation in the decision to move all freshmen to on-campus housing.
  • Shaping the future of MIT through involvement with the Corporation, the Alumni Association, and as publisher ofTechnology Review.
  • Creation of Index Systems, which creates technological infrastructures for companies.

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