Background Check Celebrity Marilee Jones Is Back!

Jason Morris

Marilee JonesThe former Dean of Admissions at M.I.T. , Marilee Jones has resurfaced!  Who is Marilee Jones you ask?  She has become a little bit of a celebrity in many of our writings.  We put her in the same category as George O’Leary of Notre Dame and David Edmondson of Radio Shack!  Still don’t know? Well here’s a hint; A text book (no pun intended) example of why every organization should do background checks! OK, here it is, according to the New York Times:

Two and a half years ago, Marilee Jones, the highly regarded dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, vanished from public sight when it came to light that nearly three decades earlier, when she was first hired there, she had lied about her academic credentials.

That revelation was a major scandal in academic circles, where Ms. Jones was well known for trying to help students calm down as they competed for admission to the most selective colleges. From the day she resigned, April 26, 2007, Ms. Jones went silent, cutting off contact with most of her colleagues at M.I.T. and in other admissions offices, and not responding to messages.

Certainty not a knock against her, she is obviously trying to pick up the pieces and get her life back together.  However, her story makes a perfect case for doing a proper background check.  In fact, a simple education verification would have identified this immediately. We wish Marilee the best of luck; however she will remain a constant in our future stories!

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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