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Charles Vest, provost of the University of Michigan, has been named president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a post he called "one of the greatest bully pulpits" in science.

The 48-year-old mechanical engineer was elected unanimously Monday by the MIT Corp., the school's governing body.The selection of the school's 15th president ends a trying, yearlong effort to replace retiring Paul Gray. Three of the leading candidates withdrew. MIT, founded in 1861, has long ranked among the world's finest universities.