WPI Announces Changes to University's Leadership

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Worcester, Mass. - January 30, 2003 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) announces several organizational changes to help the university strengthen its academic reputation, and improve the quality and diversity of its student body. As part of the changes, three existing members of the university's management team will assume new titles and duties. William W. Durgin becomes associate provost and vice president for research. Lance E. Schachterle becomes associate provost. And Judith L. Trainor becomes director of budget and institutional research.

"These moves have been made in an effort to better support our faculty's efforts in research and scholarship, as well as to pave the way for greater diversity in our campus culture and student body," says Edward Alton Parrish, president of WPI. "Additionally, changes to our budget office will ensure that we have the ability to deploy resources in ways that permit the achievement of our goals without sacrificing our other strengths."

As associate provost and vice president for research reporting to the provost, Durgin's responsibilities now include working toward greater integration of undergraduate and graduate programs, greater utilization of the five-year B.S./M.S. program, increasing the amount of extramural support for research and educational initiatives, and increasing the number of Ph.D. students. He will have primary responsibility for sponsored programs, graduate studies and enrollment, the Office of Project Administration, WPI's institutes and centers, and technology transfer. Finally, he will be the Academic Affairs liaison to the Committee on Academic Policy and to the Committee on Graduate Studies and Research.

In his role as associate provost, Schachterle's responsibilities have been realigned to achieve better integration of undergraduate and graduate programs, greater diversity, more effective outreach, and broader implementation of outcomes assessment. He will also be responsible for accreditation activities and for the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science. He will serve as the Academic Affairs liaison to the Committee on Advising and Student Life and to the Center for Educational Development, Technology, and Assessment.

Trainor will lead the newly named Office of Budget and Institutional Research (previously the Budget Office). The office will be in the President's Division with Trainor reporting directly to the president. She will interact closely with the vice president for administration for budgeting and financial reporting; with the provost for academic matters; and with the vice president for information technology (chief information officer) for data gathering and knowledge management matters.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPI's innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.