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William J. Hecht '61, SM '76

Executive VP and CEO, MIT Alumni Association, 1980 - 2003

Executive VP and CEO, MIT Alumni Association, 1980 - 2003

William J. Hecht ’61, SM ’76
Executive VP and CEO, MIT Alumni Association 1980–2003

William J. Hecht, a 1961 MIT graduate, served for eight years as director of MIT's Educational Council and as associate director of admissions. After his 23 years in service to MIT’s Alumni Association as executive vice president and chief executive, few people know MIT's alumni as well as he does. 

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Discussion of the importance of alumni involvement at MIT.
  • Evaluation of the efforts made by past MIT presidents to reach out to alumni.
  • Strides made to increase campus diversity while working in the Office of Admissions.
  • Experience as an undergraduate student and then as a Sloan Fellow years later.
  • Reflections of the campus climate during the Vietnam War.
  • Efforts made to build a better marriage between alumni and the Institute.

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