MIT has an impressive record as an academic institution of higher learning and leading edge research organization. But since we don’t really mind having fun at someone else’s expense from time to time, a recent pair of press releases from MIT got our attention for just such a purpose. While MIT has quite the reputation for academic excellence and research, there is a chance their ‘human resources’ department may have been asleep at the wheel for a few decades.
So for a little weekend humor we offer you one of the shortest press releases we ever remember seeing, followed by the shortest PR we ever remember seeing. The person who is the subject of both press releases may be able to salvage a career in a new cottage industry showing people how to pad their resume successfully for nearly three decades.
Dean of admissions resigns
April 26, 2007
Marilee Jones, dean of admissions, has resigned effective immediately, after it was confirmed that she had “misrepresented her academic degrees to the Institute,” Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel E. Hastings announced in an e-mail to the MIT community today.
Stuart Schmill has been named interim director of admissions, effective immediately, and a search process for a permanent head of admissions will begin shortly, according to Hastings.
“This is a sad and unfortunate event,” said Hastings. “But the integrity of the Institute is our highest priority, and we cannot tolerate this kind of behavior.”
Hastings noted in his statement that the MIT admissions process is built on the dedication of dozens of faculty and staff who commit themselves to the selection of MIT’s undergraduate students.
“The process of admitting the incoming class continues without disruption,” Hastings said.
Jones issued a separate statement following her resignation.
Statement by Marilee Jones
April 26, 2007
“I have resigned as MIT’s Dean of Admissions because very regrettably, I misled the Institute about my academic credentials.
“I misrepresented my academic degrees when I first applied to MIT 28 years ago and did not have the courage to correct my resume when I applied for my current job or at any time since.
“I am deeply sorry for this and for disappointing so many in the MIT community and beyond who supported me, believed in me, and who have given me extraordinary opportunities.
“I especially apologize to the Institute’s leadership and to my extraordinary staff, whom I have every confidence will continue to deliver on the Institute’s mission.
“This is the only public comment I wish to make at this personally difficult time and I hope my privacy will be respected.”
In reply to the former Dean of Admissions request, we will respect her request for privacy beyond this publicly released, well, press release. You decided to pad your resume. You chose not to tell the truth then or for the last 28 years and my guess is, someone finally noticed. No sympathy here especially when you enjoyed the ill gotten gains for nearly three decades with a shortage of remorse, not courage, to tell the truth. Shame on you. There lies (pun intended) the justification for a little humor in this post at your expense. Do you suppose that is her real name? Ok, we’re done now.
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