Professor J. Daniel Nyhart has agreed to serve as acting registrar through the 1996-1997 academic year according to James Culliton, vice president for administration, and William Dickson, senior vice president. Professor Nyhart will replace David Wiley who has elected to retire. The appointment will become effective on September 1, 1996.
Professor Nyhart will carry out his duties as acting registrar on a part-time basis while continuing some of his teaching and research responsibilities. He will pay particular attention to policy issues and coordination of the activities of the Registrar's Office with the various faculty committees. The actual administration of the office will be carried out in conjunction with the three associate registrars, Elizabeth Bradley, Mary Callahan and Constance Scribner.
"We are grateful that Professor Nyhart has agreed to assume this position during this transition year as the Institute community determines if the reengineering of student services will necessitate the realignment of certain offices that are the major providers of these services," Mr. Dickson said.
Professor Nyhart, who has a base appointment in the Sloan School with a joint appointment in Ocean Engineering, began teaching at MIT in 1960. During the traumatic period of 1969 to 1972, he served as Dean for Student Affairs. In 1972, he resumed his teaching responsibilities. Professor Nyhart, who is also a lawyer, currently teaches managerial law at the Sloan School and in Ocean Engineering and conducts research on the impacts of new information technologies on negotiations.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 22, 1996.