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MIT will soon have a new director of Student Financial Services, according to Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel E. Hastings ’78. Hastings will announce the new director “within the next few weeks,” he said.

The previous director, Elizabeth M. Hicks, left for a similar position at Columbia University in the fall.

The new director will be responsible for finding a replacement for Daniel T. Barkowitz, the director of financial aid, who is leaving at the end of the month, also for Columbia. He will be the next Dean of Financial Aid at Columbia.

Barkowitz, who has been at MIT for seven years, said the decision to leave “wasn’t easy,” but “it was time for another challenge.”

“I leave the department here in a position of strength,” said Barkowitz. “We’ve had a great staff.”

Citing the success of his admissions blog, Barkowitz said he would like the department to do more electronically. He said that the department has been working on a new financial aid calculator that is expected to be launched in the next month.

Barkowitz said his three associate directors; Leslie C. Bridson, Elizabeth M. Gorra, and Susan A. Wilson; will fill his post until a replacement is found.

—Natasha Plotkin and Arkajit Dey