MIT’s vice president of communications to leave for Yale

Nickerson created MIT News, now one of the most-read university websites in the world

Nate Nickerson, vice president for communications, will leave for Yale University after nearly 15 years at MIT. Nickerson will lead Yale’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications as the vice president for communications starting March 1.

Since his appointment in February 2015, Nickerson established the Office of Communications and created MIT News, which is now one of the most-read university websites in the world, according to Kirk Kolenbrander, MIT’s vice president, in an email to MIT faculty and staff announcing Nickerson’s departure.  

Nickerson joined MIT in 2004 as deputy editor of Technology Review, a magazine and website owned by MIT. He was named editorial director of the News Office in 2009, director of communications in 2010, and associate vice president for communications in 2012.

Nickerson will be at MIT until Feb. 15, according to Kolenbrander.  

“I have loved all of my nearly 15 years at MIT,” Nickerson wrote in an email to The Tech. “It’s a very hard place to leave — but I am sure that it will in some meaningful way come with me: MIT changes all of us profoundly, just as it changes the world.”  

While MIT works on developing a long-term plan for future management of communications, the Office of Communications will continue to report to Kolenbrander.