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Marilee Jones speaks to staff in 2006 when she was still dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
updated 5/5/2007 8:30:25 AM ET 2007-05-05T12:30:25

The popular MIT admissions dean ousted when officials learned she lied about her college education on her résumé actually earned a diploma from a small Catholic college.

Administrators initially questioned whether Marilee Jones ever graduated from college after the MIT inquiry determined she had at various points claimed degrees from Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Albany Medical College, all in New York, but had none.

Jones was awarded a degree in biology in 1973 from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, officials at the school told The Boston Globe.

MIT spokeswoman Patti Richards said the revelation that Jones did graduate from college does not change the situation.

"The point of the matter is we would have to take seriously anything that wasn't truthful on someone's résumé," she said. "That's the crux of that matter."

Jones' voicemail box was full Wednesday. She resigned last week after acknowledging she had misrepresented her education when she started working at the university 28 years ago.

In her nearly three decades at MIT, Jones gained fame encouraging high school students to have fun and stay healthy rather than fall to the pressures of perfecting their college résumés.

After co-authoring a book: "Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond" last year, she became a high-demand speaker and advocate for what she called "lowering the flame" of the college admissions process.

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