Kirk Kolenbrander is Vice President in the Office of the President at MIT. He works closely with the Institute’s senior academic leadership to implement MIT’s emerging initiatives. He also oversees MIT's communications, marketing, and Institute events.

He first came to MIT in 1990 as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and has served three MIT presidents as a member of the senior administration since 1998. Outside MIT, he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Dr. Kolenbrander has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1988) and a BA from Central College, Pella, Iowa (1983).

He and his wife, Terri, live in Belmont. Their two daughters are pursuing graduate degrees.