Vice President for Communications

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Alfred Ironside

Room 11-400

About the position

As chief communications officer, the vice president for communications advises the president and leaders across MIT. His work shapes how the Institute conveys its mission and the range, scope, and positive impact of its people. He also leads a team that engages with internal and external audiences to increase awareness and deepen understanding of MIT's work, attract talent, invite and strengthen partnerships, and build support for learning, research, and innovation on critical societal issues.

More than ever, organizations of every size and scope have an obligation to be open and transparent about what they do and what they stand for, and to engage with diverse audiences in the co-creation of knowledge and impact. The vice president for communications serves as chief advocate for and engineer of these efforts at MIT.

Leading the Institute Office of Communications, the vice president oversees MIT's central web presence, social media voice, media relations, and crisis communications. He also works to align and support the efforts of communications professionals working throughout MIT’s schools, college, departments, labs, centers, and other units.

Committees on which the vice president for communications serves