• On Saturday, Oct. 11, during Homecoming, the WPI Alumni Association will present Stephen J. Hebert ’66 with its Goat’s Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI.
This award, created in 2010 and presented only occasionally, recognizes an individual for his/her lifetime contributions to the WPI community-at-large and reflects the friendship, support, and overall responsiveness to needs and interests provided to students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff over the years.
Steve is known to many in the WPI community as “Mr. WPI.” After graduating from WPI with a degree in civil engineering, he took on many administrative roles at his alma mater, beginning with assistant alumni secretary to vice president. For almost four decades, he devoted himself and his career to the best interests of WPI, its students, its alumni, and its faculty and staff.
Recipients of the Goat’s Head Award, like the recipients of all Alumni Association awards, are selected by the group’s Citations Committee. Past Goat’s Head Award recipients are Bill (Tuna) Trask, Rev. Peter Scanlon, Dean Emeritus Bill Grogan ’46, and Professor Helen Vassallo ’82.
While in the development office, much of his work focused on fundraising efforts and fostering alumni and community involvement with WPI. In more senior roles, he was an instrumental part of creating the WPI we know today. He led the effort to close West Street to vehicular traffic, changing for the better the character of the WPI campus; played a role in making both the Bartlett Center and the Campus Center a reality; and was a key member of the administration team that led the development of Gateway Park.
The award also acknowledges Hebert for his non-physical contributions to the WPI community: Over the years he developed many meaningful relationships with students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as a valued mentor, a trusted advisor, and a cherished friend, and has stood as a model for leadership in alumni engagement in one’s alma mater.
The award presentation will take place at 4:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum. As part of the award presentation, representatives from the faculty, staff, student, and alumni communities will pay tribute to Hebert. If you cannot attend, but would like to provide a message for Steve’s guestbook, please submit your note at http://wpi.imodules.com/hebertmemories.