WPI Director Elected SNEAPPA President

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Worcester, Mass. - May 2, 2002 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Associate Director of Plant Services Terrence J. Pellerin was elected president of the Southern New England Chapter of APPA, the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers. The 16th individual to hold this office, Pellerin has been a SNEAPPA member for over eight years.

As SNEAPPA president, Pellerin will be responsible for representing the chapter on regional and national issues. He will also preside over chapter meetings, assist in educational programs, and supervise and direct the affairs of the chapter.

Pellerin looks forward to a number of initiatives for the chapter during his two-year term. These include changes to the meeting format to promote member participation and general involvement in the chapter; an awareness campaign to encourage directors and associate directors to introduce other members of their staff to SNEAPPA; and a summer program for members to invite their support staff to address specific areas of their individual organizations.

Pellerin has been a member of the WPI community for more than 20 years. As associate director/manager of buildings, he oversees all aspects of the university's facilities. His duties involve supervising custodial services, event setups, recycling/trash removal, project management, and principal union negotiator for the physical plant.

About APPA

APPA (http://www.appa.org), the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, was founded in 1914 to assist facilities officers and physical plant administrators in colleges and universities throughout the United States and countries worldwide. The organization promotes excellence in administration, care, operation, planning and construction of educational facilities. APPA is composed of nearly 4,500 facilities professionals from both public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

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.