Dana Mead

Dean's Council Chair




We are saddened to report that Dana Mead passed away on October 31, 2018.

New York Times obituary

Dana G. Mead is Chairman Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation (MIT’s Board of Trustees), where he served as Chairman from 2003 through 2010. From 1992 until 2000 he was President, Chairman and CEO of Tenneco, Inc., a large conglomerate, operating in 50 countries, in oil and gas pipelines, farm and construction equipment, shipbuilding, auto parts, industrial and consumer packaging, and chemicals and minerals. Tenneco was named one of the 100 Best Managed Companies in the World four times during his tenure. Before Tenneco he was Executive Vice President and a member of the board of International Paper.

Prior to IP he was professor and deputy head of the Social Sciences Department at West Point; while there he served on the Pentagon teams writing the final chapters of the Pentagon Papers and Westmoreland’s Report on the War in Vietnam. From 1957 to 1978 he served with distinction in regular Army units in Germany and Vietnam, receiving numerous combat and service decorations.

Following his selection as a White House Fellow in 1970, he became the Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Council focusing on desegregation, community development, revenue sharing, and transportation. As White House liaison to the District of Columbia he drafted the first Home Rule Bill for the District.

At Tenneco he was elected chairman of both the National Association of Manufacturers and of the Business Roundtable. He is a co-founder of the French-American Business Council, chaired the Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue, Chaired the Royal Shakespeare Company USA Board and sat on the parent London Board. He has served on the boards of Pfizer, Zurich, Textron, Cummins, and the Center for Creative Leadership. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Board of the Marshall Foundation, and the MIT Corporation. He is on the board of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Mr. Mead received a BS in Engineering from West Point and a PhD from MIT.