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Dormitories to Have Managers Replaced

By Judy G. Su

Despite re-engineering's goal of replacing only 50 percent of staff who opted for MIT's early retirement plan, the retiring housemasters at Ashdown House, New House, and East Campus will all be replaced.

"The agreement was that within the administrative organizations at MIT, the goal would be to replace only 50 percent of those retiring. It has never been considered that it would be on a strictly one-to-one basis," said Senior Vice President William R. Dickson '56.

"The overall reduction in personnel in all areas that report directly to me will in fact be approximately 50 percent," he said.

Questions surfaced this summer over whether all the house manager spots would be filled when the the Department of Housing and Food Services tried to move Burton-Conner House House Manager Kenneth A. Donaghey to cover both East Campus and Senior House against his and Burton residents' wishes. Residents successfully campaigned to keep Donaghey at Burton.

New managers from within HFS

Instead of hiring house managers from the outside, HFS worked with house presidents, housemasters, and dormitories themselves to make internal transfers within HFS, said Director of HFS Lawrence E. Maguire.

Christine M. Butts, Ashdown's new house manager, was promoted from within Ashdown. Geri-Lyn Sprague, formerly an administrative assistant within HFS, is acting House Manager at East Campus.

"If everything works out then it is likely that she will continue to be the East Campus house manager," Maguire said.

Student input on the selection process for the acting house manager of East Campus has been virtually nonexistent. "We kept trying to find out what was going on, but it seemed that we kept getting the runaround," said Vice President of East Campus Stephanie A. Jenrette '97.

Former East Campus house manager Jack Corcoran had a lot of input in the decision, Jenrette said. He highly recommended Sprague, and "we trusted Jack,"she said.

"We were sort of worried because East Campus is very independent," Jenrette said. In the past, Corcoran was very approachable and "went above and beyond his duty as house manager,"she said. "He got things done fast and just got them done."

New House without manager

New House currently does not have a permanent house manager The search has begun for a replacement. "We will hopefully have someone in place by early November," Maguire said.

A committee composed of Staff Associate for Residence and Campus Activities Phillip M. Bernard, the house president and housemasters of New House, Maguire, Human Resources Coordinator Judith M. Brennan, and Personnel Officer Lianne P. Shields, is conducting the search.

HFS will be recommending candidates for the position with the dormitory's housemasters and the house government, said New House Housemaster Ellen Essigmann.

Former New House house manager Louise T. Keohane and students refused an interim house manager, saying the dormitory was efficiently managed.