During her first five months at the helm, President Laurie Leshin has become immersed in the university’s culture and history, while spending countless hours getting to know faculty and staff, students, trustees, and alumni. And now, with her inauguration just days away, she is focused on showcasing WPI and getting down to the planning that will elevate WPI to the next level.
“The first five months have been really extraordinary. They’ve exceeded my expectation in essentially every way, which is hard to do, because I have high expectations,” she said during a recent interview in her Boynton Hall office. “The community has been incredibly kind and welcoming to me and my family. The campus has been so wonderful to get to know.”
She related that the conversations she’s had have been friendly, but also substantive about where faculty, students, staff, trustees, and alumni think WPI has built a strong foundation and been successful, but also where there are further opportunities. And the inauguration will be a fitting occasion to begin outlining goals for the coming years.
“First and foremost, it’s an opportunity to showcase and celebrate WPI,” she said. “As we embark on our sesquicentennial celebration, the inauguration is really a kickoff to that 150th year. It’s a great time to stop and take stock and to celebrate where we’ve been, and then use it as an opportunity to pivot to the future. And, as the theme says, imagine more for WPI.”