Marilee Jones, the dean of admissions for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has resigned after it was discovered that she falsified her credentials. She claimed on her 1979 application to MIT that she had a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, when she really only attended one year of part-time schooling there.? Jones also did not have a degree she claimed to have from Albany Medical College.
Jones was originally hired with the false credentials in 1979 for a “junior” position in the admissions office. She was promoted to dean in 1997 and says she “did not have the courage to correct my r?sum?.” She co-wrote a book in 2006 called “Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond.” Jones also sat on several higher education boards.
The situation came to light when an anonymous tipster sparked an internal investigation. Jones says she is “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.”