WPI Director Wins CASE Award

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Worcester, Mass. - March 11, 2003 - The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has honored Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Director of Development Robert G. Dietrich with the 2003 CASE District I Stephen & Carol Hebert Award. The award is presented each year to an advancement professional who has exhibited extraordinary devotion of time and energy to CASE District I.

The award has its origins at WPI, being named in honor of Stephen Hebert and the late Carol Hebert, longtime members of the advancement team at WPI and noted volunteers in District I.

Dietrich received the award at the organization's District I & II Joint Conference in New York City. District I comprises institutions in New England, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.

For almost 18 years, Dietrich has been an active member of CASE. He is a past District I chair, a perennial volunteer in many capacities, and currently the District I Trustee to the CASE International Board of Trustees.

"This award is a testament to the exceptional work Bob has done and the contributions he has made to CASE, and by extension to the profession of educational advancement," says John L. Heyl, WPI's vice president for development and university relations.

Dietrich joined WPI in 1985 as director of alumni programs. Since then he has held positions as director of special gifts, director of the Alumni Fund and director of individual giving. He was promoted to his current position of director of development in 1998 and oversees all of WPI's fund raising and development programs, including The Campaign for WPI - a multi-year comprehensive campaign to raise $150 million. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He resides in Shrewsbury, Mass., with his wife, Kay, and their two sons.

About CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,200 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 47 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of educational fund raising, communications and alumni relations.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPI's innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.