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WPI Welcomes Carol Simpson as Provost, Senior Vice President

Carol Simpson, a leading academic administrator, faculty member, and researcher in the field of geology—and, most recently, associate provost for research at Boston University—has been named provost and senior vice president. She is the first woman to hold the position of provost at WPI and succeeds John F. Carney III, who retired last year.

“Carol Simpson emerged from a strong pool of candidates due to her broad international background, her experience in building interdisciplinary academic programs, and her deep understanding of faculty research and funding opportunities,” said President Dennis Berkey during the announcement of her appointment. “She is a strong advocate for diversity and women’s issues in K-12 and higher education. She is superbly qualified for this position.”

As provost Simpson is responsible for the university’s academic and research programs; as senior vice president she serves as the senior member of the president’s staff. Her primary charge includes reviewing the undergraduate curriculum to ensure excellence in general education as well as within fields of study; strengthening selected academic and research areas, especially in the life sciences; recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty; and broadly supporting the university’s continuing increase in quality and stature.

Simpson’s research interests lie in the areas of structural geology and tectonics, especially in applying material science principles to deformation, kinematics, and vorticity analysis of rocks. She has authored more than 50 refereed publications and over 80 conference papers, and has worked in mountain ranges on four continents, most recently in central South America and central Scandinavia.
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