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Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies records

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Identifier: RG-03-005

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Scope and Content Note

This record group, spanning the years 1949 to 1985, consists principally of the records of two Deans of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies: Michael K. Hooker, who served from 1978 to 1982, and Lucien M. Brush, who served from 1982 until the office was abolished in 1985. The record group is divided into two series: (1) Academic Records; and (2) Student Services Records. The first series consists primarily of memoranda, correspondence and meeting agendas, relating to the deans' major responsibility for academic standing and integrity at Johns Hopkins. The second series contains records of Brush, of Joseph S. "Jakie" Hall, Dean of Academic Services, and of Hall's assistant Anita Prentice. These records include correspondence, memoranda and reports relating to various functions which Brush assumed responsibility when Hall became Senior Assistant to the President and the position of Dean of Academic Services was abolished.


  • Creation: 1949-1985


Use Restrictions

Administrative records in this record group are restricted for twenty-five years from their date of creation. Education records, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, are also restricted. For details, see Regulations Governing Access to Restricted Records, at the front of each binder.


In late 1970, George Benton, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, reorganized the administration at Homewood. Robert Strider was appointed to the new position of Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, reporting to Benton, and was given authority over degree programs and the area of student services. In the spring of 1971, Strider began to search for a replacement for Carl Swanson, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, who had announced his resignation. This search culminated in the appointment of Sigmund Suskind, a professor of molecular biology. Suskind's appointment was viewed as controversial, with students arguing that the appointment committee had merely "rubber-stamped" Benton's selection, and had not sought input from students or the remainder of the University community.

In September 1971, just as Suskind was about to assume his position, Strider died. Suskind assumed Strider's duties, but the name of the office was changed to Dean of Academic Programs and the position of Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies was eliminated. Suskind remained Dean of Academic Programs until February 1975, when, upon his request, his title was changed to Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. His duties, however, remained the same.

Three years later, in 1978, the deans' offices again underwent a major reorganization after the Board of Trustees formally reestablished the School of Engineering. George Owen, appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1972, became Dean of Homewood Faculties, respon-sible for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, as well as all of the support services at Homewood. Suskind was promoted to Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Michael Hooker, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, who had been made Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in 1977, became Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. Hooker's responsibilities were to supervise matters relating to academic standing and integrity, including the supervision of the Office of Advising and Counseling, and to chair the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and the Graduate Board.

In 1980, Hooker was promoted from associate to full dean, but otherwise his duties remained the same until 1982, when he left Hopkins to become President of Bennington College. At the same time, Owen retired as Dean of Homewood Faculties, and Jakie Hall, Dean of Academic Services, was appointed Senior Assistant to President Muller. Thus, it was decided to reorganize the administrative structure once again. The position of Dean of Homewood Faculties was abolished; henceforth, the Deans of Arts and Sciences and Engineering would report directly to the President and Provost. Reporting to both of these deans were two associate deans. Lucien Brush, the new Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, assumed all of Hooker's old responsibilities. Additionally, the Assistant Dean of Students, Chris Colombo, who was responsible for the Athletic Center, the Chaplain's Office, Military Science, Residential Life, Student Activities and WJHU, and who had formerly reported to Hall, now reported to Brush, Hall's position having been eliminated. Hall's other duties fell to C. Norman Krueger, appointed to the new position of Associate Dean of Administration.

In 1984, another shift in responsibilities occurred when Colombo became an associate dean, on the same level as Brush and Krueger; all of the offices which had reported to Brush through him became Colombo's responsibility alone. At the same time, Brush gained responsibility for the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, both of which had been Krueger's.

In 1985, the Office of Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies was eliminated as part of yet another reorganization. Robert Welch, the newly appointed Dean of Homewood Schools Adminis-tration, assumed responsibility for all of Brush's offices as well as becoming Krueger's and Colombo's immediate superior.

In early 1988, Welch resigned from his position and left the University; he was replaced by Chris Colombo, as Dean of Homewood Schools Services.


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These records were transferred by Lisa Morabito, Administrative Secretary to Robert S. Welch, Dean of Homewood Schools Administration.

Accession Number

85.39, 85.40, 86.13

Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies records
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