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This fall, four senior administrators joined WPI: Richard F. Connolly Jr., trustee; Jeffrey S. Solomon, vice president for finance and operations; Christopher J. Hardwick, vice president for marketing and communications; and Cheryl A. Martunas, director of public safety and chief of police.

Richard F. Connolly Jr., senior vice president/investments at UBS Financial, brings to the Board of Trustees a strong business and management background, chiefly in the financial services industry. He became a financial advisor at Paine Webber (now UBS Financial) in 1973 and has been its top-producing broker for more than 20 years.

Additionally, Connolly has been a driving force within the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based scholarships to students who demonstrate a strong work ethic by completing at least two years of service to golf. Connolly, who began golfing and caddying at the age of 9, became a Ouimet Scholar while at Malden Catholic High School. He used the scholarship to attend the College of the Holy Cross, where he earned his B.A. In 2000, he established the Richard F. Connolly Jr. Distinguished Service Award through the fund. He is a former president and trustee of the fund, and has served as chairman of the Ouimet Memorial Tournament, and underwriter for the tournament’s Richard F. Connolly Sr. Trophy. He has endowed a Ouimet Scholarship in his family’s name.

Connolly serves as a board member or trustee to a number of institutions and organizations, including the Children’s Medical Research Foundation in Dublin, the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States, which he founded, and The Fenn School in Concord, Mass. He resides in Concord with his wife and three sons.

Before joining WPI in October, Jeffrey S. Solomon served at Brandeis University in several capacities, including vice president, chief investment officer, chief risk officer, and university treasurer. Prior to Brandeis, he was an audit manager at Coopers & Lybrand.

At WPI, Solomon is responsible for the university’s financial functions, including accounting, treasury, investment, budgeting, and audit. He oversees the annual operating budget and the endowment, serves as treasurer of the WPI Corporation, and has operating responsibility for the Physical Plant, Human Resources, Events Planning, and Administrative Services departments. Solomon earned a B.S. in accountancy at Bentley College and an M.S. in management in human services at Brandeis.

Christopher J. Hardwick has 25 years’ experience in building integrated marketing and communications strategies for institutions in the education, business services, health care, and financial services sectors. At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as director of communications and public affairs, Hardwick developed and led a multiyear positioning initiative and global communications strategy that resulted in achieving the top rankings among business schools for six consecutive years in such publications as Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, and Financial Times. He also crafted the internal and external communications in support of Wharton’s successful five-year, $500M Campaign for Sustained Leadership. He has led integrated communications programs for Fortune 500 companies, including Aramark Corporation and the CIT Group Inc.

Hardwick earned a B.A. in journalism at the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in journalism/communications at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Cheryl A. Martunas is a strong advocate of community policing. She has 23 years of law enforcement experience, including 19 years in a campus setting. After serving the past eight and a half years as director of public safety and chief of police at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, this new post is something of a homecoming for Martunas. She began her career as an officer and sergeant with the WPI Campus Police Department in 1982.

Martunas holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. She is a member of the Statewide Anti-Terrorism Task Force, the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the Greater Boston Police Council, the Massachusetts Police Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
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