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Letter from the Dean

David Schmittlein John C Head III DeanDavid Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean

Dear Alumni and Friends of MIT Sloan,

On April 9, 2014, Course XV will celebrate its centennial anniversary. Last fall, alumni, students, faculty, and staff came together in cities around the world to honor this milestone. It has been humbling and inspiring to hear your stories—stories about what the School has done for you, what you have done for the School, and how our community has come together to improve the world. While we are diverse in backgrounds and perspectives, within our community there is a similarity of intention and spirit.

It is what moved each of us to choose MIT Sloan. It is a shared principle that, I believe, began with the words of the Institute’s founder, William Barton Rogers. Course XV was part of William Barton Rogers’ original intent for MIT. In the spring of 1861, the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved the charter for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which Rogers had authored and submitted. It read:

... a body corporate by the name of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for the purpose of instituting … a school of industrial science, and aiding generally, by suitable means, the advancement, development, and practical application of science in connection with arts, agriculture, manufactures, and commerce ...

Unlike many other management schools, MIT Sloan was not developed through outside influence, but rather was mandated by our Institute’s founder. He knew that to be successful a school of industrial science must forge strong and productive relationships with industry, commerce, and the world. Rogers’ innovative ambition—to combine a rigorous education with practical application to industry—led to the establishment of Course XV in 1914. Today, we remain driven by these ideals and committed to bringing the world’s greatest inventions, created here at MIT, to the global marketplace.

We are MIT’s school of management, a role and responsibility we take seriously. As you read this month’s feature, the historic anecdotes throughout the magazine, and the pieces that talk about current activity at MIT Sloan, you will see the ways in which MIT Sloan has stayed close to its roots while innovating and inventing for the future.

With deep respect and admiration for the vision of our predecessors and the promise of our future,

David Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean