The Alumni Association’s Goat’s Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI was created in 2010 to acknowledge an individual’s lifetime contributions to the WPI community at large, and reflects the friendship, support, and overall responsiveness to needs and interests that individual provided to students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff over the years.
This special award is only presented occasionally and in 2020 will be presented to Janet Begin Richardson. All members of the WPI community are invited to join the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a panel of special guests as Richardson is recognized with this honor during Homecoming.
Richardson is WPI’s former vice president for student affairs and campus life. She joined WPI in 1980 as assistant dean of students and served as dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs before becoming WPI's first female vice president in 2004. A collegial leader and consensus builder with a drive for excellence, she is recognized for being an advocate for diversity on campus and a champion for women students. Among her many contributions to WPI, Richardson played pivotal roles in the development of several building projects at WPI, including Rubin Campus Center (2001), which she famously referred to as "WPI's living room." Her visionary leadership also extended beyond the campus to the many the local organizations and boards on which she has served. Richardson retired from WPI in the fall of 2012 after over 30 years of service to the college.
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Want to share your well-wishes with Janet? Have a fun memory or photo to share with her? Send us something to include in her memory book here. Most content provided for the memory book will only be seen by alumni office staff and Janet and will not be shared publicly; however some messages or photos may be selected for inclusion in a slideshow for use during the presentation.
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