MIT Chaplain

Chaplain to the Institute

Chaplain's Purpose  
MIT’s first Chaplain to the Institute (Robert Randolph) was installed on September 30, 2007. The Chaplain appointment underscores the role of religious life at MIT and fulfills a dream originally laid out more than a half-century ago. The Chaplain works alongside the members of the Board of Chaplains, who represent many religious traditions, in fostering interfaith discourse and educating the MIT community about the history and role of religions around the world. Also noteworthy is that one of the presentations from the Chaplain's Seminar was included in Vital Speeches.

About Robert Randolph In the Fall of 2007, Dr. Robert M. Randolph became MIT’s first Chaplain to the Institute. An ordained minister, he is responsible for the chaplaincy program at MIT and teaches a class each year dealing with the Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He serves on the Board of Ministry at Harvard University and is a member of the Clergy Chapter of the Memorial Church on the Harvard Campus. Dr. Randolph came to MIT in 1979 as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. He served as Dean in Residence from 1982 until 1986, and in 1993, he became the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs. In 1994-1995, he helped bring to culmination, a process that created a Religious Activities Center which is home, along with the Chapel built in 1956, for the religious traditions represented on the MIT campus. In recognition of his contribution to the Institute in 1996, he received the Gordon Y. Billard Award for Exemplary Service to MIT. Dr. Randolph is currently the Housemaster of Bexley Hall. He also serves on the Board of Ministry of Harvard University, is a Trustee of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust Scholarship Fund, and serves on the board of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. 

"The biggest challenge with regard to religious life at MIT is simply keeping people talking to each other, so that the stereotypes that operate, and have operated for far too long out there, are not allowed to reimpose themselves." ~Chaplain Robert Randolph. Visit MIT's Diversity website, "Inventing our Future," to learn more about diversity at MIT.