Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Vice President for Administration, records of James J. Culliton
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The collection is composed of records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They primarily document James Culliton’s term as Vice President for Administration from 1994 until his death in 1996, although there are a few records dating from Culliton’s term as vice president for financial operations, 1984-1994.
In 1994, after the death of Vice President Constantine Simonides, Vice President for Financial Operations James J. Culliton was named Vice President for Administration. In his new role, Culliton was responsible for heading the Office of Admissions (box 1), Career Services and Preprofessional Advising (box 1), the Department of Athletics (boxes 1, 6), and the Medical Department (boxes 1-3). He continued to have responsibility for the Bursar’s Office (box 1), the Registrar’s Office (box 3), the Office of Sponsored Programs (box 3), and the Student Financial Aid Office (box 4). The collection documents the administration of these offices through budgets, space planning, memoranda, correspondence, and minutes. Culliton’s involvement with Academic Council is reflected in memoranda and minutes of the Council (boxes 4-5).
During the mid-1990s, MIT conducted a wide-ranging reengineering program, intended to examine and improve upon administrative office operations throughout the Institute. Culliton’s involvement with this program is documented through correspondence, memoranda, and materials from meetings with Student Services (a sub-office of the Bursar’s Office ) (box 6). Other items of interest in the collection include surveys completed for the Administrative Computing Steering Committee (boxes 4-5), and budgets for and staff meeting notes from the Office of the Vice President for Administration (box 5).
- Creation: 1984 - 1996
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1994 - 1996
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Office of the Vice President for Administration (Organization)
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The Office of the Vice President for Administration was founded in 1994 as part of an administrative reorganization following the death of Vice President Constantine B. Simonides(1). The office was discontinued in 1996(2) and the areas of responsibility split between the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Officer(3).
In 1994, Vice President for Financial Operations James J. Culliton was appointed vice president for administration, a post he held until his death in 1996. Upon appointment, he took on responsibility for the Office of Admissions, Career Services and Preprofessional Advising, the Department of Athletics, and the Medical Department. Culliton retained responsibility for the Bursar’s Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the Student Financial Aid Office(4). As a senior officer of the Institute, Culliton also served on the Academic Council.
(1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Reports to the President, 1994-1995, p.473.
(2) Record of the Faculty Meeting, Samuel M. Allen, 16 October 1996, box 6, MIT Faculty Meetings, Records, 1865- (AC 1), Institute Archives and Special Collections, MIT Libraries.
(3) Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Reports to the President, 1996-1997, pp.5-6.
(4) Stacey E. Blau, “Administration Reshuffled After Simonides’ Death,” The Tech, 7 February 1995, p.7.
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- Guide to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of the Vice President for Administration
- Records of James J. Culliton
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