Milton Prince Higgins II Distinguished Professorship in Manufacturing

WPI established this professorship in 1988 in gratitude for the 31 years of service that Milton P. Higgins II devoted to WPI as a member of its board of trustees. Higgins, who represented the third generation of his family to serve on WPI’s board, funded the professorship with annual gifts. Higgins was the grandson of Milton P. Higgins, first superintendent of WPI’s Washburn Shops, and the son of Aldus C. Higgins, who built Higgins House, the mansion that now houses WPI’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations. Milton Higgins II spent his entire career at Norton Company, which was co-founded by his grandfather and where his father had risen to the rank of chairman. Under the younger Higgins’s leadership, Norton experienced its greatest period of growth and became a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. Higgins generously supported numerous organizations in Worcester and his many gifts to WPI were often directed to physical improvements in memory of his grandfather. In addition to establishing this professorship, WPI honored Higgins with an honorary degree and, in 1984, by naming a lecture hall for him in the newly renovated Washburn Shops.

Current Recipient: Robert L. Norton

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