Summer School Directors Leave
Yesterday was the last day on the job for the Director of the Summer School Marshall Pihl '55, and Friday will see the departure of Associate Director E. Fred Yalouris, administrators said yesterday.
"We've accomplished everything we're going to accomplish here," said Pihl of his 10 years with the Summer School, six of those as director.
Although their departures come at a time when most Summer School students are still settling into the routine of classes and homework, Yalouris said, "I don't think we'll be missed" in terms of this summer session. He said after the school gets well under way after the Fourth of July, the directors usually begin planning for next year anyway.
Michael Shinagel, who is the Dean of ContinuingEducation, will be acting Director of the SummerSchool, and Hugh M. Flick, the Summer Dean ofStudents, will fill in as acting AssociateDirector. Rather than finding permanentreplacements for Pihl and Yalouris, the School ofContinuing Education is planning to create a newpost that would oversee both the Extension Schooland the Summer School.
Pihl will be taking an administrative post atMcLean Hospital, a Harvard-affiliated teachinghospital staffed by the psychiatric department ofthe Medical School. He will create a program toeducate the community about mental health issues.
Yalouris said he will become the Director ofContinuing Education at the University of Lowell."I've done my bit," he said, adding, "I got afantastic offer and couldn't refuse thechallenge."
"Pihl's legacy is that he's leaving a verysmoothly running summer school universallyrecognized as one of the best," said Shinagel, whohas worked with Pihl for 10 years. Pihl wasrecently elected president of the AmericanAssociation of University Summer Sessions for thisacademic year, Shinagel added.
During the past decade, Pihl has overseenfundamental changes in the Summer School, mostnotably evidenced by the school's increasedenrollment, which has doubled in the last 10 yearsto a record number of some 5300 students for the1987 session.
While the Summer School was formerly seen asthe "third term" of Harvard College, directedprimarily at Harvard undergraduates or graduatestudents, the school now boasts of tripledenrollment in the Secondary School Program andEnglish as a Second Language. And since its firstsession in 1981, the Radcliffe Summer Program inScience has brought together more than 200 highschool girls to encourage and further theirinterests in science.
Pihl also said that the school has had successin improving the quality of the teaching anddiversifying the student body, which in 1987 hailsfrom all 50 states and 84 foreign countries.
The departure of Pihl and Yalouris gives theSchool of Continuing Education a long-anticipatedopportunity to reorganize the administrativestaff, said Shinagel.
The original purpose of the 12-year oldContinuing Education program was "to create anumbrella unit under which to place non-traditionalprograms" such as the Extension School, the Centerfor Life-Long Learning, the Summer School, and theInstitute for Learning in Retirement, Shinagelsaid.
Since that time, total enrollment in the fourprograms has jumped to 22,000 and ContinuingEducation has grown from a handful ofadministrators to a staff of about 100 people.
"What we're trying to do is pull together moreclosely the Extension School and the SummerSchool," said Shinagel. he added thatreorganization spreads work out more evenly overthe academic year.
Because the Extension School is busiest whenthe Summer School requires the least attention, itwould be more efficient to find an associate deanof Continuing Education who would also act as thedirector of the Summer School, Shinagel said