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Internet2 Remembers Charles M. (Chuck) Vest, former President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Internet2 Board member

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 by Todd Sedmak
Tags: Board of Trustees, Frontpage News

Internet2 Remembers Charles M. (Chuck) Vest, former President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Internet2 Board member

WASHINGTON, D.C.—(Dec. 17, 2013)--Charles M. (Chuck) Vest, former President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Internet2 Board member from 2002 to 2004, died last Thursday of pancreatic cancer.

Vest was an innovator across the entire span of his career and understood the transformative impact of the Internet. He attracted Tim Berners-Lee to MIT where he founded the World Wide Web Consortium in 1994, and in 2001, Vest announced MIT’s OpenCourseWare project, the forerunner of today’s Massive Open Online Course movement.

“I was privileged to work for Chuck twice, first when he was Provost at the University of Michigan and then when he served on the Internet2 Board,” Douglas Van Houweling, former Internet2 President said. “Like everyone who had the good fortune to be his colleague, I quickly learned that he could be trusted — that his decisions and actions were motivated by love for his country, his university and his colleagues.

“As higher education’s most influential spokesperson, he was trusted by our nation’s leaders to take on the most sensitive assignments and by industry leaders to enable complex and productive collaborations. Chuck’s generous spirit and optimism enabled him to implement transformative change at Michigan, MIT, and the National Academy of Engineering. We will all miss his good humor and integrity, as we work to realize the better future to which he dedicated his life.”

To read more about his life, visit http://bit.ly/MIT_Vest_story.

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