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Harvard Official Leads MASSPORT

June 20, 2002

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BOSTON (AP) _ Gov. Jane Swift on Wednesday chose a Harvard academic to chair the board of the Massachusetts Port Authority, an agency struggling to overcome deficiencies highlighted by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The appointment of John Quelch, a dean in the university’s business school, is expected to be finalized after a 10-day public comment period.

Massport, which oversees Logan International Airport, has long been regarded as a haven of patronage employees, and criticism of airport security escalated after Sept. 11. The two flights that struck the World Trade Center towers in New York took off from Logan.

After the attacks, Swift ordered a commission to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the agency.

The commission’s report ``sets out a blueprint for change at Massport,″ Quelch said Wednesday. ``I think that with the financial recovery plan that has been put into place, there’s a strong opportunity for change to be implemented.″

Quelch, 50, will replace Mark Robinson, whose seven-year term expires June 30.

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