James J. Culliton
Vice President for Administration James J. Culliton died Monday of multiple myeloma. Culliton, who had been fighting the illness for some time, was 58.
Culliton served as vice president for administration since 1994, and held responsibility for the Admissions Office, the Bursar's Office, the Registrar's Office, the Office of Student FinancialAid, the Office of Career Services and Preprofessional Advising, the Athletics Department, the Medical Department, and the Office of Sponsored Programs.
In addition to managing these administrative departments, Culliton also was a member of the Academic Council, the Faculty Council, and the MIT Research Committee.
Born June 11, 1937, in Trenton, New Jersey Culliton received his bachelor of science degree in engineering from the Annapolis Naval Academy in 1959. After graduation, he served as a naval aviator for five years. He then went on to earn a masters of science degree from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1966.
Culliton then became a management consultant with the Birla Group of Industries in Bombay, India. From 1968 to 1970, he worked as a project specialist for the Ford Foundation at the Administrative Staff College of India.
Returning from India in 1970, Culliton joined the MIT administration as assistant to the vice president in the Office of the President. He became director of personnel services in 1973 and director of personnel in 1978. In 1984 Culliton was named vice president for financial operations. In this position, he was responsible for all of MIT's internal financial management, as well as negotiations with the federal government over accounting regulation and indirect cost reimbursement.
"He brought great humanity to the management of MIT," said President Charles M. Vest."I know that I am just one of many at MIT - staff, faculty, and students - who will deeply miss Jim's ready smile, his ability to find humor in any situation, and his good words for each person who came his way."
"Jim Culliton was my friend and close colleague for more than 25 years," said Chairman of the Corporation Paul E. Gray '54. "MIThas become a more diverse, more humane place because of Jim's efforts here."
In addition to managing the finances of MIT, Culliton enjoyed participating in the MIT rugby club; he was both the club's advisor and a frequent player on the club's team for many years.
Culliton is survived by his parents, Agnes and Thomas Culliton, Jr., of Hudson, Florida; his brother, Thomas Culliton of Louisville, Kentucky; his daughter, Mary; and two sons, Christopher and Mark, all of Cambridge. A memorial service will be held at MIT next week.