Three Join WPI Admissions Department

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Kristin R. Tichenor of Sutton, Mass., has been named director of admissions at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She will report to Kevin Kelly, associate vice president for enrollment management, and will oversee 13 staff members.

"I am delighted to be at WPI and plan to build on WPI's enrollment success," Tichenor said. "Within the undergraduate admissions office, we will be putting particular emphasis on recruiting women and students of color to help meet the huge market demand for science, math and engineering-focused graduates."

Tichenor comes to WPI from Clark University, where she had served as associate dean and director of admissions since 1992. She had also been Clarkšs associate director of admissions from 1989-92 and assistant director of admissions from 1988-89. She was assistant director of admissions and an admissions counselor at Wheaton College from 1985-89.

She has earned a 1985 bachelor of arts degree in religion from Carleton College and a 1994 master of arts in education from Clark. Active in her profession, she won the John B. Muir Writing Award for her essay, "Broadening Diversity," which appeared in "Achieving Diversity," a publication of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She moderated a session titled "College Guidebooks: What Strategy Is Best for Your Institution?" at the 1999 NACAC National Conference and has been a panelist, moderator and research presenter at other NACAC conferences. She has been an appointed member of the Dropout Prevention Task Force for Worcester Public Schools.

Henry O. Ritter of Worcester has been named assistant director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment. He comes to WPI from Suffolk University, where he had been assistant director of admissions for three years. Before that, he worked for Fallon Clinic in Worcester and the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.

He earned a 1993 associate in art degree in liberal arts from Quinsigamond Community College and a 1997 B.S. degree in natural science from Worcester State College.

Elaine A. Gagliarducci of Somers, Conn., has been named assistant director of admissions. She comes to WPI from Smith College, where she had been an administrative assistant in the Office of Admission. Before that, she had served as millennium campaign coordinator in Anatolia Collegešs Office of Trustees. She earned a 1997 B.A. Degree in marketing and art from Providence College.

Founded in 1865, WPI enrolls 2,700 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students in science, engineering, management, humanities and arts, and social sciences. Under the WPI Plan, undergraduates complete three projects focusing on their major course of study, the humanities, and the interactions among science, technology and society.

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