Honoring a Man, a Plan

Dean Emeritus William Grogan ’46

Dean Emeritus William Grogan ’46

Dean Emeritus William Grogan ’46 was honored in November at the annual dinner of the WPI Presidential Founders, the society made up of men and women whose lifetime giving to the university equals or exceeds John Boynton’s founding gift of $100,000. Grogan was recognized for his lifetime of service to his alma mater and for his own generosity, the latest in a long list of major honors WPI has bestowed on one of its most revered graduates.

Generations of WPI students, faculty, and alumni know Grogan as a peer, colleague, professor, dean of undergraduate studies, and, most notably, one of the founders of the WPI Plan. He was part of the six-member faculty committee appointed in 1967 by President Harry Storke to review the WPI academic program, subsequently resulting in the formation of the WPI Plan, the university’s groundbreaking curriculum that combines theoretical study with project-based problem solving. Over 40 years later, the Plan remains a much-admired and respected model of educational innovation, in large part due to Grogan’s devotion, passion, support, and constant vigilance.

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