Search for next vice chancellor for undergraduate and graduate education

June 10, 2024
Melissa Nobles, Chancellor |

Dear members of the MIT community,

I write to let you know that I am launching an internal faculty search for our next vice chancellor for undergraduate and graduate education. As President Kornbluth shared in late April, the vice chancellor will succeed Ian Waitz, who was appointed vice president for research, and Daniel Hastings, who is graciously serving as interim vice chancellor.

Reporting to me, the vice chancellor works closely with staff, faculty, leadership, and students to promote academic excellence and services, playing a critical role in shaping and advancing the educational experience at MIT. 

Overseeing more than 300 professionals across more than a dozen units, the vice chancellor’s portfolio is extensive, covering areas such as recruitment and admissions, financial aid, student systems, advising, professional and career development, pedagogy, experiential learning, and support for MIT’s 100+ graduate programs.

I am happy to share that Professors Laurie Boyer and Will Tisdale have agreed to co-chair a search advisory committee for this important role. Laurie’s and Will’s deep understanding of undergraduate and graduate education at MIT make them exceptionally well suited to helm this search.

The advisory committee will assess challenges and opportunities facing the Office of the Vice Chancellor, determine the most suitable qualities and experiences for a future leader, solicit input from our community, and recommend a short list of candidates for my consideration. My goal is to identify our next vice chancellor this fall and to have that person in place by January 2025.

If you’d like to be considered for the position, please submit your CV and a statement of interest to You may also write to that address to nominate a member of the faculty and share your thoughts about the search. All submissions will be treated as confidential.


Melissa Nobles