Contact: Chris Hardwick/WPI

WORCESTER, Mass., March 23, 2006 - WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), a leading university in science, technology and engineering, today announced that Dexter A. Bailey will join the university's leadership team as the new vice president for advancement and alumni relations. In this new position, Bailey will lead all of the university's fundraising and outreach activities with its nearly 30,000 alumni in 80 countries around the world.

Bailey, who most recently directed external relations for intercollegiate athletics at the University of California, Berkeley, comes to WPI with a broad range of experience in external relations, development, and alumni affairs. At the University of California, he led the effort to raise $150 million in gifts and pledges for intercollegiate athletics-the most successful fund-raising performance at the University. Before joining Berkeley, he served as assistant dean for development and external relations at the University of Washington's School of Law and as assistant dean for development and alumni affairs for Ohio University's College of Education. Prior to that, he was press secretary for the Ohio House of Representatives. He earned a BS in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Toledo.

He and his wife, Angela, are the parents of three children: Cole (3), Aria (1), and Severin (March 11, 2006). Angela earned a BA in education at Central Washington University and a JD at Seattle University. They will reside temporarily at the WPI residence at 4 Regent Street. Dexter plans to begin service on April 1, splitting his time between Worcester and Berkeley until early May.

"We are delighted to have Dexter Bailey to lead our efforts as we work to build the university's resources and further strengthen our tremendous network of WPI alumni around the world," said Dennis D. Berkey, President and CEO of WPI. "This is an exciting time at WPI as we build on strong traditions and develop new opportunities."

Bailey joins WPI at a time when the university has strong forward momentum. Since President Berkey joined WPI in 2004, the university has welcomed several new members to its leadership team. Carol Simpson, formerly associate provost at Boston University, joined as provost and senior vice president; Jeffrey Solomon, formerly vice president and chief investment officer at Brandeis University, joined as chief financial officer; Christopher Hardwick, formerly director of communications at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, joined as vice president of marketing and communications; and Stephen Flavin, formerly associate dean for business strategy at Babson Executive Education, joined as associate provost and dean of extended education.

WPI is experiencing strong increases in faculty research funding and in applications to its undergraduate program, seeing a 48 percent increase over last year in applications for the class that will enter in the fall of 2006. A new Little Theatre was opened in November, and WPI and the Worcester Business Development Corporation, partners in the Gateway Park development, recently celebrated the topping off of the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI was one of the nation's first engineering and technological universities. Its 18 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. WPI's world-class faculty work with students in a number of cutting-edge research areas, leading to breakthroughs and innovations in such fields as biotechnology, fuel cells, information security, and nanotechnology. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference in communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Perspectives Program, at more than 20 project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.