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Senior House gets a new housemaster

Professor Jay Scheib has been named the new housemaster of Senior House, one of MIT’s oldest dormitories. He will replace Agustín Rayo PhD ’01, associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, and Carmen Saracho, a novelist and restaurant critic, who had both served as housemasters since May 2010.

Scheib has been a member of the MIT Music and Theater Arts Section faculty since 2003 and is currently director of theater arts. He has received numerous awards for his work, including MIT’s 2008 Edgerton Award for Faculty Achievement, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, and an OBIE award for best direction, according to the MIT News Office.

As housemaster, Scheib will be collaborating closely with Senior House’s Residential Life Area Director, graduate resident tutors, and residents.

According to MIT’s press release, Scheib was drawn to the creative atmosphere promoted by the community in Senior House. The dorm is famous for its murals, and its website documents artwork created by residents over the years.

The committee that selected Scheib as the new housemaster included Senior House residents Rodrigo Lopez Uricoechea ’16 and Adrianna Rodriguez ’16, Simmons Hall housemaster Professor John Essigmann PhD ’76, members of the Division of Student Life Henry Humphreys, Michael Barcelo, and Camille Romney, and several other MIT affiliates.

—Patricia Z. Dominguez