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WPI Appoints Acting Alumni Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/January 23, 2002
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - Elizabeth Howland of Brimfield, Mass., senior development officer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has taken on the additional role of acting alumni director. She replaces Martina Gorski-Strong, who has moved on to other opportunities.

A native of Allentown, Pa., Howland earned an associate's degree in medical technology and a bachelor's degree in health education at the University of Vermont and a master's degree in professional higher education administration at the University of Connecticut. She came to WPI in 1998 from UConn, where she was director of development for the School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy.

As senior development officer she manages WPI's 40th and 50th anniversary gift campaigns' responsibilities she will continue to hold. "My role as acting alumni director is an extension of my current work," she says. "I look forward to continuing to build and expand WPI's connections to its graduates through programs, events and personal interaction with these special people.

Founded in 1865, WPI was a pioneer in technological higher education. Early on, it developed an influential curriculum that balanced theory and practice. Since 1970, that philosophy has been embodied in an innovative outcomes-oriented undergraduate program. With a network of project centers that spans the globe, WPI is also the leader in globalizing technological education. WPI awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, most of WPI's academic departments offer master's and doctoral programs and support leading-edge research in a broad range of areas.