Three administrators leaving
By Edward E. Whang
and Harold A. Stern
Three administrators have announced their plans to leave MIT. Linda Vaughan, associate dean for student affairs, will become the dean of students at Lesley College. Acting Director of Admissions Julia C. McLellan retired in early June. Nelson Armstrong, associate director of admissions, is contemplating a return to graduate studies.
As a member of Student Assistance Services (SAS), Vaughan took particular concern with women's issues, according to Robert M. Randolph, associate dean for student affairs and section head of the SAS. She also served as a liason to the homosexual community and took responsibility for training Nightline counselors. "She's a very respected member of the community and a great asset. It will be hard to replace her," he said.
"It's anticipated that she [Vaughan] will soon become vice president of student affairs at Lesley College," Randolph said. "It's a good move careerwise."
The Office of the Dean for Student Affairs (ODSA) will find a replacement for Vaughan with the help of an advisory committee of students, according to Randolph. "It's the new school year; it's a hard time to look for people. If really good people don't turn up, we'll wait. We're not going to hire just to get a warm body," he said.
McLellan began her career here as a secretary to MIT's first director of admissions nearly 40 years ago. Since then, she has served under all four directors, according to Daniel T. Langdale, associate director of admissions responsible for transfer admittance.
McLellan was senior associate director of admissions when she replaced Peter H. Richardson as director of admissions in August, 1984. "She had planned to retire last year, but she decided to stay on another year when Richardson announced his resignation. She was a real institution -- she will be sorely missed," said Michael C. Behnke, director of admissions.
She "colored the whole landscape," Langdale said, influencing each director she served under. McLellan "remarkably humanized this enterprise," he continued. "She didn't see it [the admissions process] as just a program," Langdale added, saying that McLellan offered "a receptive posture to thousands of young people."
Armstrong began his MIT administrative career in the Financial Aid Office 10 years ago. He spent five years there, directing the student employment and job search programs. Armstrong then moved into the Admissions Office, where he became associate director, Langdale said.
The Admissions Office assigns tasks to its associate directors, just as most administrative offices do, Langdale explained. Armstrong was responsible for minority admissions, he continued.
Armstrong "did a fine job of representing MIT to the minority community," Langdale said. John B. Searles '86, a member of the Black Student Union, offered a "remarkable expression of affection" for Armstrong at an open house sponsored by the minority community for the former admissions officer, according to Langdale. The student spoke of how Armstrong attracted many members of MIT's minority community, he continued. It was his "personal magnetism" that was responsible, Langdale explained.
The Office of Admissions is currently interviewing candidates to lead minority admissions, according to Behnke. "We may have to wait until later in the year, but we already have a good pool of applicants," he said.
The new director will be joined by Eduard Grado '84, who was named assistant director of admissions for minority recruitment last year. Behnke plans a greater emphasis on minority recuitment to counter the declining number of minority students entering MIT.