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Wilson Named Interim Head of Minority Education Office

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Associate News Editor

Former Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Gordon Wilson is serving as the interim director of the Office of Minority Education following the Sept. 1 resignation of Judy Jackson.

Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs Arthur C. Smith announced the appointment last week.

"I am very glad that David accepted this position," Smith said in a letter to the faculty last week. "He will bring his long experience at MIT and his demonstrated concern for students as he helps to fill the gap left by Dean Jackson's departure."

Wilson retired from the mechanical engineering department on July 1.

Jackson announced her resignation last spring after heading OME for four years. She is pursuing a PhD in higher education administration at Harvard University.

An interim director was chosen because of the time it will take to find a permanent replacement, Smith said. A search committee was formed recently to find the replacement for Jackson, he said.

Smith hopes to find a permanent replacement by December, but he does not expect the new director to start until the beginning of February.

The search committee consists of six administrators and faculty and five students. It began working after all of the applications and resumes were collected, said Luis H. Rodriguez Jr. G, a member of the committee.

Over 100 people have applied for the position, Rodriguez said.

Student input is very important to the committee, Rodriguez said. The search committee will hold a public meeting on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Room 2-105, he said.

"Part of the purpose of the open meeting is to tell people more what's going to be going on in the search process," Rodriguez said. The committee is "trying to figure out what different parts of the MIT community want to see in a director," he said.

Jackson's permanent replacement should be "very close to sainthood," Wilson said. The person should be able to "work like crazy" and have "a heck of a lot of energy," he said.

"I am very honored, and I feel I will be very highly challenged," Wilson said. Wilson was the faculty adviser to the black mechanical engineering society for many years and taught mechanical engineering in Ahmadu Bello, Nigeria, before coming to MIT.