MIT Dean of Admissions Lied on Her Resume

Nick Fishman

Okay.  I know in the past we’ve used this blog to admonish many an employer who decided not to perform a background check only for it to backfire in their face in a major way.  This time, I cannot completely fault MIT, one of our nation’s most prestigious universities.  However, the most recent resignation of a trusted dean has now become very public and very embarrassing as reported by Fox News and countless others.

It seems that Marilee Jones, dean of Admissions since 1997 claimed to have degrees from three different universities when she initially applied at MIT in 1978.  At least one school, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has indicated that Jones never earned that degree. 

Why the leniency for MIT?  Let’s be fair, it was a different world in 1978.  There weren’t a whole lot of background checks being done.  So, I’m prepared to let this lapse slide. 

But uh oh! there’s more.  Why didn’t the school perform a check when they promoted her to this pubic and prestigious position in 1997?  Whoops!  Do you think they might care to re-think this decision?  Let’s see, a $10 Education Verification or a Major Public Embarrassment.  You decide.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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