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New Athletic Director Takes the Field

Dana Harmon takes charge of a program with 21 varsity sports and many club and intramural sports, which engages nearly 70 percent of WPI students.

Dana Leigh Harmon, WPI's new director of physical education, recreation and athletics, says she believes in the university's positioning statement, The University of Science and Technology. And Life. "Physical education, recreation and athletics fill in the 'and life' part of the statement," she says. "It's about showing that our students are well-rounded, spectacular individuals--inside and outside the classroom."

Harmon comes to WPI from Wellesley College, where she'd worked since 1993, most recently as the associate director of athletics. She has a B.A. in business administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and a master's in sports management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

She will oversee WPI's 21 varsity sports, intramural and club sport programs, and the health, wellness and recreation center. Nearly 70 percent of WPI's 2,700 undergraduates participate in athletics.

"There are many studies about the benefits of being physically active, going back to the old healthy-mind, healthy-body concept," Harmon says. "It's especially important today, with the academic pressures on our students, that we also take care of the physical side."

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