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Now an administrator at MIT who warns students not to pad their resumes has resigned - for padding her resume. The dean of admissions, Marilee Jones, stepped down yesterday after admitting she had embellished her academic credentials.

For member station WBUR, Monica Brady-Myerov reports.

MONICA BRADY-MYEROV: Marilee Jones often said that as dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she could always tell when an applicant was lying. In 2003, she was a guest on NPR's ON POINT.

Ms. MARILEE JONES (Former Dean of Admissions, MIT): It's experience. You see people and you just got a sense that this is an essay that was not written by this kid.

BRADY-MYEROV: But for almost three decades, MIT had no idea Jones was the one who fabricated her resume. Like others who've been exposed in the business world, Jones claimed degrees that she didn't have. In fact, it's not clear she had a college degree. Her fabrications aside, Lloyd Thacker of the Education Conservancy, a group trying to improve the admissions process, says Jones was instrumental in helping students manage the stress of applying to college.

Mr. LLOYD THACKER (Executive Director, Education Conservancy): Marilee worked tirelessly on behalf of a very important cause, understanding and addressing the effects of the current college admission process or system on the health and well-being of students. And she's definitely had a positive impact in the lives of many students and families.

BRADY-MYEROV: In a written statement, Jones said she was deeply sorry. The issue came up when MIT received a phone call from someone questioning her credentials.

For NPR News, I'm Monica Brady-Myerov in Boston.

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