Worcester Polytechnic Institute Announces Associate Provost, Dean of Extended Education

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Stephen P. Flavin

WORCESTER, Mass., December 2, 2005 -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a leading technological university, announces an appointment to its senior administration. Stephen P. Flavin will join the university this month as associate provost and dean of Extended Education. Flavin comes to WPI after working for nearly a decade at Babson College, serving most recently as associate dean in its School of Executive Education, with the responsibility for developing and implementing the business strategy of Babson Executive Education, providing overall direction, administrative control, and operational management.

As the head of WPI's Division of Extended Education, Flavin brings strong, proven leadership ideally suited for the challenges of positioning and building the university's offerings in Continuing and Professional Education and in Corporate Education. The division serves individual adult learners and organizations in both the public and not-for-profit sectors by providing career training, development, and graduate education in business, engineering, science, and Information Technology. Flavin and the Division of Extended Education will report to Provost and Senior Vice President Carol Simpson.

"Stephen Flavin brings to WPI a wealth of experience in the realm of Extended Education, including distance learning for individual adult students, as well as individualized programs for public and private organizations," says Provost Simpson. "His appointment will help reposition WPI's leadership role in this important area."

Flavin, who earned a B.S. in European history at Suffolk University and a J.D. degree at Suffolk University Law School, previously was the operations and business development manager at Digital Equipment Corporation's Division of Learning Services and director, encapsulated knowledge business, at Global Knowledge Network.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI was one of the nation's first engineering and technological universities. Its 18 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to the B.S., M.S., M.E., MBA and Ph.D. WPI's world-class faculty work with students in a number of cutting-edge research areas, leading to breakthroughs and innovations in such fields as biotechnology, fuel cells, information security, and nanotechnology. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference in communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Perspectives program, at more than 20 project centers located throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe. On its 80-acre campus in New England's third-largest city, in dozens of research centers and institutes, on satellite campuses, and via distance learning, students engage in a learning experience that seamlessly integrates theory and practice.