WPI 2009 President’s Report

The 2009 President’s Report focuses on Value and Purpose, characterizing the university’s enduring qualities.

By any measure, 2009 was a trying year for higher education in the United States, no less than for the American and world economies. I am pleased to report that WPI is navigating this chaotic turbulence in a manner that demonstrates its enduring strengths, and positions it well for even greater achievement in the recovery to come, whatever its nature.

You will read in the report of the Executive Vice President how WPI responded to the economic challenge through smart financial management, prudent conservation of resources, and a disciplined adherence to our strategic plan and vision. Such measures enabled us to continue investing in new faculty and academic programs and facilities, thus sustaining our momentum. There was no serendipity in September’s news that WPI had experienced a record operating surplus for fiscal 2009, welcomed a record-high number of outstanding new faculty members, and enrolled the largest entering class in its 144-year history.


January 29, 2010