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article imageMIT Dean Resigns Over Misrepresented Credentials

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By malan
Apr 26, 2007 in Crime
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You thought the news that some Wikipedia authors may not be who they say they are was bad? Try the Dean Of Admissions at MIT who resigned today after admitting she lied about her own credentials.
As Dean of Admissions at MIT, Marilee Jones has been very vocal against the pressure that is put on students to build amazing resumes so they can get into elite colleges like MIT.
She has been a popular speaker on the college admissions circuit where she is known for urging parents not to be too hard on their kids when it comes to putting together resumes to get into college.
She even went as far as to rewrite MIT's admission application in an attempt to get students to focus more on their real personality and worry less about listing their accomplishments... and she did all this after lying on her own resume to get a job at the school.
Jones issued a statement that said she lied about her credentials when she interviewed for her job at the university 28 years ago and said she just did not have the courage to correct her resume when she took the Dean position in 1997.
"I am deeply sorry for this and for disappointing so many in the MIT community and beyond who supported me, believed in me, and who have given me extraordinary opportunities."
The school said that Jones claimed to have degrees from several universities including Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Albany Medical College, although MIT has not released specific details it has been found that she was lying about at least some of them.
A spokesman for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said Jones did attend school there but did not receive a degree.
Dean of Undergraduate Education Daniel Hastings said "This is a sad and unfortunate event," "But the integrity of the Institute is our highest priority, and we cannot tolerate this kind of behavior."
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