Presidential Search Update: Advisory Group Members, Submitting Candidate Interview Questions


Office of the President

This message was sent to the WPI community.

In June I communicated a high level of interest in the search for the 17th president of WPI. I am pleased to report that the search remains on track. The deadline for applications has closed and we have a very strong and diverse candidate pool. The search committee is now focused on narrowing the field and preparing for candidate interviews. As we enter the next phase of the search, I am writing to introduce community members who will serve on advisory groups and to provide information on submitting candidate questions for the search committee’s consideration.

Advisory Group Members Appointed
As you may recall, our operating model for the search calls for the creation of advisory groups as a means to broaden direct community involvement. These groups will interview finalist candidates and provide the search committee with additional perspectives to help inform their work of formulating recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The search committee selected advisory group members from peer nominations with an eye to bringing additional and complementary diversity of experience and perspective to the search. As you’ll see they tapped individuals who are widely respected and, in many cases, individuals who have been elected by peers to represent them in another capacity.

Michael Abrams ’77
Retired Seismic Instrumentation and DSP Consultant

Veda Booth ’18
Marketing Operations Associate, Goldman Sachs

Drew Brodeur
Teaching Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Crystal H. Brown 
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences & Policy Studies

Kathy Chen
Executive Director, STEM Education Center

Jeanine Dudle
Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering 

Maya Ellis ’23
Undergraduate Student

Michael Elmes
Professor, School of Business

Michael S. Horan
Executive Vice President and CFO 

Jianyu Liang
Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering 

John Marczewski ’85, Parent ’23
Executive Consultant, EN Engineering 

John McNeill
Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering 

Matt Oney ’90
Head Coach, Men’s Wrestling

Toshak Patel ’23
Undergraduate Student 

Emily Perlow
Associate Dean of Students

Suzette Santiago, Parent ’24
WPI Event Planner

David Spanagel
Associate Professor, Humanities & Arts

Harin Vashi ’23
Graduate Student 

Learn more about the members here

Submit Interview Questions for Consideration 
Interviews with select candidates will take place in the weeks ahead. These sessions will focus on candidate qualifications and experience, as well as their thoughts regarding the opportunities and challenges facing WPI, as outlined on pages 45 and 48 of the Presidential Position Specification. Community members who are interested in suggesting questions for these interviews can do so by sending an email to Please submit your questions by August 11. 

In closing, I want to express my thanks to the search committee for their tremendous work, to the newly appointed members of advisory groups for their willingness to serve, and to the countless WPI community members who continue to contribute to the search for WPI’s next president. 


David LaPré ’74
WPI Trustee and Chair, Presidential Search Committee