Worcester Polytechnic Institute Announces New Vice Presidents

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a leading technological university, has announced new appointments to its senior leadership team.

Jeffrey S. Solomon has been named chief financial officer and vice president for finance and operations. Solomon was a former vice president, chief financial officer, and chief risk officer at Brandeis University. Before joining Brandeis, he was an audit manager at Coopers and Lybrand.

As CFO at WPI, Solomon is responsible for the university's financial functions, including accounting, treasury, investment, budgeting, and audit. He has oversight of the annual operating budget and the endowment, serves as treasurer of the WPI Corporation, and has operating responsibility for the departments of Physical Plant, Human Resources, Events Planning, and Administrative Services.

Solomon earned a B.S. in accountancy from Bentley College and an M.A. in management of human services from Brandeis.

Christopher J. Hardwick has assumed the position of vice president for marketing and communications. Hardwick has 25 years experience in building integrated marketing and communications strategies for institutions in the education, business services, health-care, and financial services sectors. At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the director of communications and public affairs, he developed and led a multiyear positioning initiative and global communications strategy that resulted in achieving the top rankings among business schools for six consecutive years in such publications as Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, and the Financial Times. He also crafted the internal and external communications in support of Wharton's successful five-year, $500M Campaign for Sustained Leadership. Hardwick has led integrated communications programs for Fortune 500 companies, including Aramark Corporation and the CIT Group Inc.

Hardwick earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in journalism/communications from the University of Maryland, College Park.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI was one of the first engineering and technology universities in the nation. WPI's 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, leading to the B.S., M.S., M.E., MBA and Ph.D. 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, nanotechnology, and information security. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through our innovative Global Perspectives program. There are over 20 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.