Spoon, Alan Gray (06/04/1951-)

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  • Committees/Roles: Executive Committee; Chair, Finance and Investment Committee; Nominating Committee; Compensation and Human Resources Committee; Secretarial Search Committee of 2007
  • Occupation: Communications and publishing executive
  • Number of Terms: 2
  • Biography: Alan G. Spoon of Massachusetts is managing general partner of Polaris Venture Partners, which invests in internet-related businesses, networking, biotechnology, and medical technology. He previously was president of The Washington Post Company, having served 18 years in various leadership roles. Mr. Spoon represents Polaris as a director of ARPU, Art.com, HealthCentral Network, LRN, Silicon Optix, Inc., TechTarget, Inc., and AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. (Weatherbug). He led Polaris's investment in Matrics, Inc. (radio frequency identification), which was sold to Symbol Technologies, and recently served as director at Cushcraft Corporation (wireless antennae). Mr. Spoon also serves on the boards of Danaher Corporation, Getty Images, and IAC/InterActiveCorp and, in his not-for-profit activities, is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation.


  • Spoon, Alan G
  • Board of Regents
  • Citizen Regent
  • Board of Regents Ad hoc committees
  • Board of Regents Executive Committee
  • Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Investment
  • Board of Regents Nominating Committee
  • Board of Regents Committee on Compensation and Human Resources


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Short Legal Citation

114 Stat. 249 (2000), P.L. 106-198, S.J. Res. 40


  • "The Torch," June 2000, discusses his appointment to a six year term.
  • Who's Who in America. 43rd edition, 1984-1985. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1984; Who's Who in Entertainment. Third edition, 1998-1999. New Providence, NJ; Marquis Who's Who, 1997; Who's Who in the Media and Communications. First edition, 1998-1999. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 1997.

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Regent Tenure: 05/05/2000-2012


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