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Jan. 28, 1997 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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MIT’s Behnke appointed Vice President and Associate Dean at the University of Chicago

Michael Behnke, Dean of Admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been appointed Vice President and Associate Dean of the College for Enrollment at the University of Chicago, President Hugo Sonnenschein announced.

Although his position is formally effective July 1, he will be a frequent visitor on campus in the intervening months, Sonnenschein said.

“Michael will play a key role in enabling us to make the extraordinary education of our College accessible to more of the very best students," Sonnenschein said. “He has a deep appreciation of the special character of the College, and I am confident that he will fill this new post with distinction.”

Before joining MIT in 1985, Behnke was dean of undergraduate admissions at Tufts University. He previously was associate dean of admissions and dean of freshmen at Amherst College, from 1971 to 1976.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone in my field,” Behnke said. “The University of Chicago is one of the great universities of the world. I want to continue to be part of a place that values its students. I am impressed by the unanimous desire to attract more of the kind of students who thrive at Chicago now–those whose overriding desire is to have a rigorous, interactive intellectual experience.”

Behnke received his A.B. in 1965 from Amherst College and his MA. in 1970 from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent several years in his early career as a teacher, including two years as a Peace Corps teacher in Sierra Leone.

He has been a trustee of the College Entrance Examination Board and is currently serving as vice chair of its Guidance and Admissions Assembly. He is an advisor on admission to higher education for the National Governors’ Association and a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors. He has served as a member of the scholarship selection committees of several corporations. He has contributed articles to several publications on college admissions, including “Fifty Years of Change on Campus,” the introduction to the 50th-anniversary volume of The College Handbook (1990).
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