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Brammer is appointed head of Physical Plant

By Reuven M. Lerner

H. E. Brammer, Physical Plant's associate director for operations, has been named Physical Plant director by Senior Vice President William R. Dickson '54. The appointment will take effect on Jan. 1.

Brammer, who served as director of Housing and Food Services from 1972 through 1987, said yesterday that "there are lots of things to be done" with Physical Plant. He added that he plans to "spend a lot of time" with people who have worked for Physical Plant longer than he has, in order to get a better idea of the department's needs.

Dickson, in a telephone interview yesterday, called Brammer "a real proven administrator" and an "excellent communicator." While Brammer's appointment will not mean any major changes in Institute policy, the promotion "will be good for the [Physical] Plant and the whole MIT community," Dickson said.

Brammer said that "it is very difficult to say" how his appointment would affect students, since the dormitory system is not under the control of Physical Plant. He did note that Physical Plant had "upgraded some of the classrooms" this past summer, and added that he plans to improve them.

He also said that he has been involved in the discussions over a possible new postering policy, adding that he "would like to find something that is workable for everyone."

The appointment concludes four months of searching for a successor to Paul F. Barrett, who announced his retirement in August. Barrett had been head of Physical Plant since June 1980.

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Barrett will continue at his post until Brammer takes over next year. After that, he will direct three construction projects -- an addition to Rotch library, which will be completed late next summer; the graduate dormitory on Albany Street, to be completed in the spring; and the new biology building, construction of which will begin within one year.

Before Brammer's appointment, Dickson had said that the selection committee would carefully consider people within MIT, including members of Physical Plant. He also said that Physical Plant employees had recommended that the committee select someone with a technical background and strong communication skills.