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Fred Costello '59, new president of the Alumni Association

Fred Costello retired from Union Carbide Corporation several years ago. Now he and his wife, Nancy, spend seven months a year in Bonita Springs, Fla., and the remainder in Washington, Conn.

Q: What are your goals for the coming year?

A: Our objective is to continue encouraging alumni to be involved in some way with WPI. We plan on doing that by keeping them informed about what's going on at their alma mater. We know that we need to improve our career development capability, especially for more recent alums. We have to make it easy and attractive for alumni to use WPI as a career-planning resource. We also see a need to revitalize our regional alumni clubs, and we plan to work first with those closest to home. We envision these regional clubs not just as a social network, but as an important communications vehicle; for instance, letting alumni know how they can support the university's marketing efforts.

Q: In what ways have you stayed involved with WPI?

A: I have always enjoyed being involved, especially helping plan our reunions. (We're now working on our 45th!) I've also served as our class representative on the Alumni Council, as a member of our class board of directors, and as a member at large on the Alumni Funds Board.

Q: Why did you stay so involved?

A: I've always had a strong affinity for WPI because I attended here on a full-tuition scholarship. It was $600 a year, which was a lot of money back in those days. Without the help, I wouldn't have been able to attend college.

Q: What's the most important thing you learned at WPI?

A: I wasn't the best student in the world and, frankly, I was more interested in extracurricular activities, like sports and student government and my fraternity. WPI has always encouraged students to get involved in campus activities in addition to pursuing a degree. Through this total educational experience I learned to work with people to get things done, which was an invaluable asset in my business career.

Q: What's your personal motto?

A: Worry about things you can do something about. To heck with the rest of it!
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