WPI Hosting Mass. Gubernatorial Debate

Judy Woodruff to Moderate Debate on Tuesday, October 1

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5706

Worcester, Mass. - August 28, 2002 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been selected as the location for a debate of gubernatorial candidates running in Massachusetts' 2002 general election. The debate is planned for Tuesday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. in WPI's new Campus Center.

Judy Woodruff, prime anchor and senior correspondent at CNN, is scheduled to moderate the debate at the WPI campus. A 30-year veteran of broadcast journalism, Woodruff previously moderated several debates during the 2000 presidential election, including the CNN/WMUR-TV Republican presidential debate in January 2000, and the CNN/Los Angeles Times Republican presidential debate in March 2000.

"With education such a vital issue to the future of the Commonwealth, we believe it is appropriate that this debate be held at an academic institution dedicated to preparing the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists for leadership roles in the new economy," said Edward Alton Parrish, WPI president. "The Massachusetts economy is at a crossroads. The degree to which our political leaders embrace policies to encourage our youth to pursue careers in technology and the sciences will go a long way to determining whether the Commonwealth remains an economic have, or becomes a have not. We hope our campus setting inspires the candidates to engage in a lively discussion of concrete ideas, plans and initiatives to make our schools the finest in the nation."

The debate is being sponsored by a consortium of the following Boston print and broadcast media, The Boston Globe, WBZ-TV (Channel 4), WCVB-TV (Channel 5), WGBH-TV (Channel 2), WHDH-TV (Channel 7), and NECN (New England Cable News).

For more information, visit the Debate Web site.

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WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education, and is recognized as one of the leading outcomes-oriented undergraduate programs preparing people for success in our technological world. Since its founding in 1865, WPI has broadened and perfected an influential curriculum that balances theory and practice.

This innovative and unique combination of educational methods, learning environment, and a worldwide network of project centers is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Its main campus is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. WPI supports the academic and research pursuits of over 2,800 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 220 faculty pursuing opportunities to blend technological research and practice with societal needs, delivering meaningful real-world benefits.