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Several promotions and realignments of responsibilities have been announced by Professor Arthur C. Smith, dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs.
Travis R. Merritt has been named dean of undergraduate academic affairs, recognizing the role he played in the successful merger of the offices of undergraduate education and student affairs and his creative initiative in academic activities.
Robert M. Randolph has become senior associate dean, sharing a variety of responsibilities of the dean within the purview of the office. He will no longer have responsibility for student assistance services.
Recognizing the two distinct functions performed by Student Assistance Services, Jacqueline R. Simonis has been promoted to associate dean and section head for Counseling Services, and Milena M. Levak has been promoted to associate dean and section head of the International Students Office.
Arnold R. Henderson Jr. also has been promoted to associate dean in counseling services, acknowledging his long service to the Committee on Discipline and in promoting MIT's response to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, a staff associate in Student Assistance Services, has been promoted to assistant dean in the International Students Office. Debbie H. Shoap, assistant to the dean, will become staff associate in the UROP office, succeeding Claude Poux, who has accepted a position at Cornell University.
Professor Smith also noted that Dr. Margaret A. Jablonski joined the staff on February 1 as the new associate dean and section head for Residence and Campus Activities. Formerly dean for residential services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, her appointment here was announced in Tech Talk, December 8, 1993.
Also new to the staff is Richard W. Brewer, formerly manager of administrative services in the Environmental Medical Service at MIT. He succeeds Marilyn L. Bodnar, manager of administration in UESA, who resigned to take a position at Radcliffe College.
A version of this article appeared in the March 2, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 38, Number 24).