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Administrators to Shift Jobs in June

By Josh Hartmann
Contributing Editor

The vacuum left by last month's sudden death of Vice President Constantine B. Simonides '57 will be filled on June 1, when a reshuffling of senior administration officials will take effect.

President Charles M. Vest announced last week the promotion of Director of Personnel Joan F. Rice to vice president for human resources and Director of Foundation Relations and Development Services Barbara G. Stowe to vice president for resource development.

In addition, Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Public Relations Services Kathryn A. Willmore is expected to be elected secretary and ex officio member of the Corporation this morning. She was recommended by the Corporation's executive committee last night. Her position would start June 1, according to Lois Graham, associate secretary of the Corporation.

Current vice presidents Glenn P. Strehle '58 and James J. Culliton will take on new responsibilities at the vice presidential level after the realignment. Strehle, who currently oversees resource development, will become vice president for finance; he remains treasurer of the Institute. Culliton, now the vice president for financial operations, will become vice president for administration.

Leadership cited

Rice joined MIT in 1972 and has been director of personnel since 1984. In a News Office statement, Vest called Rice an experienced leader who "has commanded enormous, widespread respect as she has risen through our ranks. I look forward to working with her and am confident in the leadership she will provide to MIT."

Vest struck a similar tone when describing Stowe's credentials.

"As we approached the next century it is clear that private resources will be the key to maintaining and enhancing MIT's excellence," he said. "I am confident that Barbara's leadership and creativity will assure that we set and attain aggressive goals."

Stowe has been at MIT since 1981. Her new responsibilities will include Individual Giving, the Office of Development Research and Systems, the Office of Foundation Relations and Development Services, and the Office of Corporate Relations.

Undergraduate scholarship and building needs topped Stowe's list for funding priorities, she said. "The real challenge is how to take our current fundraising program and ratchet it up to a new level of activity," she said.

Stowe added that the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is "one of the most distinctive aspects of life at MIT, and we have been talking a lot about how we might solve the current funding problems that UROP faces."

Bittersweet' feelings

By many accounts, Willmore was among Simonides' closest aides; she now succeeds him as secretary of the Corporation.

"It is kind of bittersweet," Willmore said. "None of us would have these opportunities if Constantine hadn't died. It's hard. At the same time, I'm looking forward to working with the Corporation."

"As executive assistant to the president, Willmore has developed an extraordinarily broad grasp of MIT, its organization and its people," Vest said. "She will unify the flow of issues and information among the Academic Council, the MIT Corporation and its Executive Committee, striving for efficiency and effectiveness in Institute governance."

Shuffling vice presidents

Strehle's responsibilities as vice president for resource development will largely be shifted to Stowe, but he will assume many duties currently belonging to Culliton, including heading the Audit Division, the Office of the Comptroller, the Lincoln Fiscal Office, the Property Office, the Office of Financial Planning and Management, and Purchasing and Stores. He is to continue as treasurer.

Vest praised Strehle for his "modern, effective organization, a talented staff that is second to none, and a highly successful Campaign for the Future that has secured the Institute's future in many dimensions."

As vice president for administration, Culliton will retain responsibility for the Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Registration and Student Financial Services. But he will gain duties many of Simonides' duties in heading the Office of Admissions, Career Services and Preprofessional Advising, the Athletic Department, and the Medical Department.

"Culliton is highly respected for his administrative skills, and for his ability to foster teamwork and career development," Vest said. "He is a respected strategist and spokesperson at the national level for university/government affairs in areas such as sponsored research funding and administration."

Ramy Arnaout '97 contributed to the reporting of this story.