Salisbury Society

Recognizing those who have given $2.5 million to $4.99 million


The Salisbury Society is named for Stephen Salisbury, first president of the WPI Board of Trustees who brought to fruition the dreams of John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn. Salisbury was 70 years old when WPI admitted its first class on November 11, 1868. He gave almost daily attention to the affairs on Boynton Hill for the next 16 years until his death in 1884. Salisbury supported WPI generously, with recorded gifts totaling $132,000, and a far greater financial commitment that unknown to the public as he regularly and quietly covered the deficits during the institute’s formative years.

Through their philanthropy, members of the Salisbury Society demonstrate a dedication to WPI reminiscent of Stephen Salisbury’s passion and dedication. Their generous attention to the university’s vision helps to secure its future.


  • Welcome Package

  • Society-specific lapel pin

  • Special recognition gift

  • Recognition on a campus monument to WPI’s most generous benefactors

  • Invitations to exclusive events such as the 1865 Society Dinner

  • Special access to theater and music performances, private tours, lectures, seminars, competitions, and exhibits

  • Insider e-mail list to be the first to hear breaking news at WPI

  • 20% off your purchases at the WPI campus bookstore