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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Names Dana Leigh Harmon Athletic Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/May 6, 2002
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, Mass. - May 6, 2002 - Dana Leigh Harmon, associate director of athletics at Wellesley College, has been named Worcester Polytechnic Institute's director of physical education, recreation and athletics. She fills the position left by Raymond Gilbert who retires in June after serving as director of physical education and athletics for 15 years.

Ms. Harmon has been with Wellesley College since she joined the college in 1993 as assistant director of athletics-events. In 1998 she was named associate director of athletics and from September 2000 to March 2001 was acting director of athletics.

Ms. Harmon has been responsible for helping to build the division III sports program at Wellesley. She will oversee WPI's athletic program which includes 21 Division III varsity sports, an intramural and club sport program, and a health, wellness and recreation center. Nearly 70% of the University's students participate in its sports and recreation programs.

"I am very happy to be joining the WPI community in this new opportunity. WPI is an outstanding institution and one that I am familiar with through our institutions' membership in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)" said Ms. Harmon. "I have always been impressed by the student athletes and the staff, and I look forward to working with the entire community in physical education, recreation, and athletics."

Ms. Harmon is a graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky where she received a BA in business administration; and she received a masters degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

"Dana Harmon brings valuable experience, professional integrity, and a commitment to academic excellence to WPI's Athletics Department," said Bernard Brown, WPI's vice president for student affairs. "Dana's belief in the Division III athletics philosophy and in WPI's academic mission will offer great vision for the future of our physical education, recreation and athletics programs. Through Dana's leadership, WPI's great athletic tradition continues, as does the further enhancement of the athletic experience for all our student athletes."

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