Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to the Fall Town Meeting, which will take place on Monday, September 23rd, at 10:00 am in the Odeum followed by the barbecue on the Quad starting at 11:30 am. Live webcast will be available for those who may not be able to attend in person.

Dear WPI Community,

It’s hard to believe, but it was just over a month ago that I was elected as Chair of the WPI Board of Trustees. Since then, the WPI campus has been alive with many important events including Alumni Weekend, the NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Challenge, and TouchTomorrow. We have even had former U.S. President Bill Clinton visit our campus. To say that this is an exciting time to be at WPI would be an understatement.

I am pleased to note that, not only is this campus filled with exciting events, but it is home to some wonderful people. I have truly enjoyed meeting and engaging with so many bright, hardworking, talented and dedicated people over this past month. I have been impressed with your work, with your spirit, and your commitment. What’s more, I thank you all for extending such a warm welcome.

Now I would like to share some new clarity around my role at WPI.

Since May, I have been serving as a Chairman of the Board, and I also assumed the responsibilities of the president. As you can imagine, that is a mighty large assignment.

Yesterday, the Board convened to discuss the leadership plans during the transition period while we search for WPI’s next president. Together we determined that it would be best for the university if I were to commit myself fully to the role of Interim President during the entirety of the search. Accordingly, I have resigned my position as Chairman of the Board and have been elected Interim President for the duration of the search. Warner Fletcher, who has been serving as Vice Chair since 2010, has been elected Chairman, and Francesca Maltese, who has been a member of the Board since 2008, has been elected Vice Chair.

For those of you who don’t know Warner, he is a pillar of Worcester and has been a very dedicated member of the WPI Board of Trustees since 1994. Warner, a partner with the law firm Fletcher Tilton here in Worcester, has more than 30 years of experience in estate planning and administration, corporate law, real estate, and private and charitable trust work. He also has extensive Board experience, and is trustee of many private family foundations, charitable foundations and non-profit organizations in the region, including the George I. Alden Trust, The Stoddard Charitable Trust, the Fletcher Foundation, and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Warner is also a retired Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and received his B.A. from Williams College and earned his J.D. from Boston University Law School.

Francesca Maltese, who was Vice Chair of the WPI Board of Trustees under Steve Rubin, is project manager for development projects for O’Connell Development Group, specializing in special site and building concerns and complicated permitting issues including wetlands, historic preservation, or environmental contamination. She is a Director of Mass Development and a corporator of the People’s Bank. She has chaired the Board of Selectmen, the Regional School Committee, and the Conservation Commission in Amherst, and served three terms as Town Moderator. She holds a Master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts.

I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve my alma mater as its Interim President. This is a remarkable time to be at the helm, because WPI has great opportunities and upcoming landmark is a landmark events such as the selection of WPI’s 16th President, the celebration of our 150th Anniversary, and the realization of “if…The Campaign to Advance WPI,” and much more. I know that, as a community, we will apply “theory and practice” to make our time together both positive and productive, and I am looking forward to working with you all.

As a final note, I want to tell you that preparations for activating the presidential search are ongoing. This will be a thorough and thoughtful search, and we expect to begin this summer. I will be in touch soon to share more details.

Best regards,

Phil Ryan ’65
Interim President

June 19, 2013

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