Trying to wrap my head around this one
Every once in a while something happens that is just a little hard to get to sink in. This is one of those things. It’s really hard for me to imagine an MIT without Professor Lerman. If there is any single person who in my mind embodies the intelligence, decency, thoughtfulness, commitment to improving the world and the thousand other qualities that make MIT such an amazing place to work, it’s Professor Lerman.
I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Professor Lerman through his service as the chair of the MIT OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Committee, and he was also one of the handful of faculty that shepherded OCW from concept to implementation. And his contributions to OCW are just a small part of his what he’s brought to MIT over several decades of service in a range of roles. I’ve no doubt that George Washington University will be a richer community with his addition, but it’s a real loss for MIT and OpenCourseWare. I wish him all success in this new challenge, and he’ll be greatly missed.