Ricardo “Ricky” Rosselló ’01 was elected governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico on Nov. 8. A biomedical engineer and neurobiologist by training, Rosselló earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan and completed postgraduate work in stem cell research at Duke University. He is a co-founder of Beijing Prosperous Biopharm, a drug development company focused on cancer, neurodegeneration problems, diabetes, and HIV.
Rosselló is the second MIT-educated elected governor from Puerto Rico. Luis A. Ferré ’24, SM ’25 served as the commonwealth’s governor from 1969–1973.
Rosselló is also the co-founder of Boricua ¡Ahora Es!, a political advocacy group that supports US statehood for Puerto Rico. According to NBC News, Rosselló campaigned focused on a pro-statehood platform.
“Puerto Rico: Pro-Statehood Candidate Ricardo Rosselló Wins Governor Race,” NBC News, Nov. 8, 2016
“Rosselló, a scientist and the son of a former governor who also sought statehood for Puerto Rico, argues that barring island residents from voting for president deprives 3.5 million people of their full rights. He also says statehood would boost an economy mired in a decade-long slump, a belief that resonated with many voters.”
A Course 10 graduate, Rosselló was president of the Association of Puerto Rican Students and captain of MIT’s varsity tennis team. According to DAPER records, he was named Scholar All-America in the 2000-2001 season.
As of the 2016 United States elections, Rosselló is one of three governors or governors-elect within the United States government. John Sununu ’98, a Course 1E graduate, was elected governor of New Hampshire and Thomas Wolf PhD ’81, a Course 17 graduate, was elected governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.