New Associate Vice President for Development/Campaign Director Named

Jo-Ann Alessandrini has been named associate vice president for development and campaign director in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations recently announced the appointment of Jo-Ann Alessandrini as associate vice president for development and campaign director. Alessandrini will work with Vice President Dexter Bailey and key volunteer leaders in the implementation of WPI’s comprehensive campaign in support of the university’s future philanthropic endeavors.

Alessandrini most recently served as assistant dean for development at the University of South Florida College of Business in Tampa. Before joining the business school, Alessandrini led the university’s fundraising efforts as interim CEO of the University of South Florida (USF) Foundation and as vice president of university advancement in preparing for a third comprehensive campaign anticipated to achieve a goal of more than half a billion dollars. Before arriving in Florida, she held institutional advancement roles at the University of New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University, and Plymouth State University.

“Engineering and technology-based education has long been a passion of mine, so I am indeed excited to join the WPI family,” said Alessandrini, a native Northeasterner. “There is an exciting history and rugged spirit of innovation and intellectualism at WPI that is unrivaled, and I look forward to showcasing those characteristics as we maximize philanthropic support for our deserving faculty and students.”

Alessandrini received a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, where she was recruited as a development officer in the sciences for the university’s first campaign that raised $117 million. In the school’s second campaign of $256 million, Alessandrini was tapped to serve as director of development for the College of Engineering.

“Jo-Ann is another example of the high caliber of employees at WPI, who embody the strength of character that the university’s founders envisioned,” Bailey said. “She will be an invaluable resource--a navigator, if you will--as we embark on our capital-campaign journey.We look forward to making Jo-Ann and her family part of the WPI family.”

September 24, 2008