2011-2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Suffers Tragic Loss

President Berkey shares news that the president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology unexpectedly passed away.

President Berkey shares news that the president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology unexpectedly passed away.

To the WPI Community,

In addition to my duties at WPI, I am also privileged to serve as the current president of the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU). And it is in this capacity that I share some sad news from a sister institution.

On Friday, April 20, faculty and students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Indiana, were shocked to learn of the unexpected death of their president, Matt Branam. Though only 57, President Branam suffered an unspecified medical emergency while working in his office and was rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

RHIT President Matt Branam

There is an important connection between WPI and Rose-Hulman that goes beyond our common membership in the AITU. Over many decades, the two schools have maintained close ties, and from its inception, Rose-Hulman looked upon WPI as a school to emulate. In fact, its first president was Charles O. Thompson, the founding president of WPI who had been recruited away by Rose-Hulman to ensure a successful launch for their new school.

Our two institutions have grown significantly over the years, but remain similar in many ways, although Rose-Hulman is still exclusively an undergraduate institution.

A celebration of President Branam’s life will be held this Saturday on the Rose-Hulman campus. Please join me in taking a moment this week to pause and reflect on this tragic event as we extend our thoughts and prayers to President Branam’s family and the Rose-Hulman community during their time of loss.

With warm regards,

Dennis D. Berkey
President and CEO

April 24, 2012

 
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