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Kathryn Willmore

Vice President and Secretary of the MIT Corporation, 1998 - 2006

Vice President and Secretary of the MIT Corporation, 1998 - 2006

Kathryn Willmore
Vice President and Secretary of the MIT Corporation, 1998 – 2006

Kathryn Willmore was the vice president and secretary of the Corporation at MIT from 1998 until her retirement in 2006. In 41 years at the Institute, she worked closely with five MIT presidents, from Howard Johnson to Susan Hockfield. Officially, she was responsible for external and internal communications, the administration of MIT's governing board, and relations with MIT's trustees. She was also confidante, sounding board, and adviser to MIT's senior leadership and increasingly, one of the keepers of “institutional memory”. She was a witness to, or participant in, most of the important decisions in MIT's modern history.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Reasoning behind MIT’s reactions to the anti-trust suit, the death of student Scott Krueger, and September 11.
  • The effort to attract students who were women to MIT, women’s issues, and the formation of the feminist newspaper Sojourner.
  • MIT during the Vietnam War and student protests.
  • Reflections on MIT presidents Johnson, Wiesner, Gray, Vest, and Hockfield.
  • The creation of the MIT logo.

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