Stuart Schmill '86 has been named MIT's next dean of admissions, Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel Hastings announced Monday.
Schmill has been serving as MIT's interim director of admissions since last April, and Hastings said he has done a "remarkable job" in that capacity.
"Under his committed leadership, the office successfully completed the 2007-2008 admissions cycle--a cycle that saw a record number of applicants and which we have every reason to believe will yield a diverse and talented class," Hastings said.
Hastings commended the search committee, chaired by Professor and MIT President Emeritus Paul Gray, for its work in picking Schmill.
Schmill said he was "deeply honored" to be given the chance to lead the office on a permanent basis.
"I appreciate the confidence that Dan Hastings, Paul Gray and the rest of the administration have in me," he told the MIT News Office. "MIT is a very special place and the students who come here bring vibrancy and energy with them, and I respect the importance of the role the admissions office plays in bringing these outstanding students to campus.
"I also want to say what an outstanding admissions staff we have and what a pleasure it's been to work with them in this role," he added. "I'm humbled to be able to lead this group going forward."
Schmill has served in several committed leadership roles during his 20 years at MIT, including as senior associate director of admissions and director of the Educational Council. Prior to working in admissions, Schmill worked in the Alumni Office where he served most recently as director of Parent, Student and Young Alumni Programs.
A native of Little Neck, N.Y., Schmill received his SB from MIT in mechanical engineering in 1986.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 2, 2008 (download PDF).