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RLSLP Searches For New Advisers

By Matthew Palmer


The Office of Residential Life and Student Life Programs may soon hire two new FSILG advisers, ending a restructuring of the department that began when FSILG Director Neal H. Dorow resigned last September.

The forthcoming decisions could be finalized by next week, said Program Administrator for Residential Programs Ricky A. Gresh, who is coordinating the search committee.

Interfraternity Council President Rory P. Pheiffer ’02 said he hoped the new FSILG Director would “be an advocate for students, respected by administrators, and would guide the members of the IFC to the right people to talk to when campaigning their ideas to the administration.”

Currently, the committee has narrowed its choices to four candidates for each of the two open positions: the Assistant Dean and Director, and the Operation Coordinator for Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILGs).

The two search committees are composed of administrators, students, and one alumnus each.

FSILG advising system revamped

The two administrators will be entering a recently redesigned FSILG advising system. After Dorow resigned in late September last year, his responsibilities were divided among Stephen D. Immerman, chair of the search committee, Gresh, and Residential Program Coordinator Kathleen Baxter. Immerman said that the three administrators are not in the running for the position of FSILG Director.

Gresh said the new FSILG Director will not simply replace Dorow. Instead, there are now four FSILG advisers.

The FSILG Director will oversee the team and, in conjunction with the Residential Life and Student Life Programs team, develop a strategic plan for the FSILGs.

The Operations Coordinator will offer support and resources to individual houses regarding risk management, building safety, and basic house operations.

The third position is filled by Baxter, who is primarily responsible for advising the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Association, and the Living Group Council.

Finally, Administrative Assistant Denise A. Vallay’s role is to manage information and communication.

Pheiffer was pleased with the expansion of the office. He said Dorow had to play all four of those roles by himself and that “cut into his time to advise students.”

Students pleased with candidates

From the pool of applicants for the two positions, candidates were first screened based on their credentials. “We set the bar high for experience,” Immerman said. The job descriptions require at least a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two-years experience in operations management or program development.

“I was pleased with their strengths,” Pheiffer said. “They had good resumes ... and experience with students.”

Candidates went through lengthy interviews and were assessed based on a “behavioral competency profile,” Immerman said. The profile is a list of a variety of personal qualities and qualifications for each applicant. The candidates also had lunch with a student panel specific for each of the two jobs.

The candidates had the opportunity to have dinner at an FSILG as an optional part of the selection process. About half of the candidates did, Gresh said.

“We wanted [the candidates] to come in here and really contribute,” Immerman said.

Gresh said that some of MIT’s minority FSILGs, sometimes underrepresented in the past, were invited to participate in the search process.