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Birgeneau Resigns Dean Post

By Frank Dabek

Dean of the School of Science Robert J. Birgeneau will resign his post at MIT to become president of the University of Toronto.

Birgeneau, a native of Toronto and a graduate of the University of Toronto, was in Toronto this morning for the announcement of his appointment to the presidency.

Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams confirmed that Bir-geneau will resign effective the beginning of July. No plans have yet been made concerning a replacement. Birgeneau’s departure is a “great loss for MIT,” she said.

Birgeneau, who has been at MIT since 1975, was not available for comment last night.

After heading the physics department, Birgeneau was named Dean of the School of Science in 1991. Birgeneau also served as associate director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics from 1983 to 1986.

Birgeneau recently gained nationwide attention when his office issued a report acknowledging gender discrimination against tenured female professors in the School of Science. Birgeneau has also been involved in efforts to increase the percentage of women admitted to MIT.

He was considered as a candidate for provost in 1995 and again in 1998.