FSILG Advisor Dorow ResignsBy Dana Levine
Assistant Dean for Residential Life and Student Life Programs Neal H. Dorow resigned from his position at MIT last week after serving for more than 12 years as advisor to the FSILG system.
“It is with deep regret that after 12 years as advisor for MIT's fraternities, sororities and independent living groups, I have chosen to resign from my position,” Dorow said in a letter to the MIT community.
In the letter, dated Friday, September 29, Dorow announced that his resignation had become effective on Wednesday, September 27. Dorow declined to give an explanation for his abrupt departure. He said that he is “going to take some time to think about [his future plans].”
Dorow’s resignation unexpected
Dorow’s resignation came as a surprise to the MIT community. “I was shocked,” said Interfraternity Council President Damien A. Brosnan ’01. “He was talking to me [Wednesday] morning about how to get himself more involved in IFC programs.”
Director of Project Development Stephen D. Immerman, who will fill Dorow’s position for the interim, declined to give an official explanation for Dorow’s resignation, saying that “MIT does not discuss personnel issues.”
Dorow resigned just two weeks after MIT’s $6 million settlement with the parents of Scott S. Krueger ’01.
Search process already beginning
Immerman, who started in 1979 as MIT’s first full-time adviser for fraternities and independent living groups, will assume Dorow’s responsibility along with Program Administrator for Residential Programs Ricky A. Gresh and Residential Program Coordinator Kathleen Baxter.
“I’m in the process of trying to understand the scope of what needs to be done,” Immerman said.
Immerman stressed that his new role was “on an interim basis only.”
“I assume that there will be a search process that will incorporate members of the IFC and the AIFC (Alumni Interfraternity Council),” he said.
Brosnan said that he has already met with Immerman and the AIFC to begin discussing this search process.
Both Brosnan and Immerman said that the role of the new FSILG advisor may be significantly altered. “It could be a different job,” said Brosnan, who believed that Dorow “didn’t have enough time to do event planning for the FSILG community” because of the time he spent dealing with FSILG inspections and building code issues.
Despite this, Dorow said that “one thing I was really proud of was the upgrades to the life safety systems” at MIT’s FSILGs, which include fire alarms and sprinkler systems.
Dorow reflects on change at MIT
Dorow spoke extensively of his time at MIT, and described changes which have occurred in both MIT and outlying communities. He cited the “growing intolerance for the misuse and abuse of alcohol” and the “move to defer rush” as being the most recent changes in the living group community’s development.
Dorow believes that, in order to survive, living groups “need to be open to change ... doing things differently, and looking at themselves differently than in the past.”
Furthermore, he said that the FSILG community as a whole will evolve drastically in the coming years, and will either reflect greater numbers of graduate students and females or include significantly fewer living groups.
“I don’t think that it is possible that no one will suffer. As you evolve, there is going to be change,” he said.
Dorow said the IFC’s preparation for the deferred rush will need to include the ability to be flexible. “There is a lot of demand to have a plan. But there are going to be some aspects of the deferred rush that people don’t anticipate.”