As the Vice President and Dean of Academic and Corporate Engagement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Stephen has been a member of the President’s Senior Leadership Team since 2006. In this role, Stephen drives economic development for the University and leads several campus departments including the Office of Corporate Engagement, Corporate and Professional Education, the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center, and the Career Development Center.
Stephen currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at MassEcon, a state-wide, non-profit economic development organization; he's a member of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Ecosystem Leadership Group; and a co-chair to the talent development team of the Massachusetts High Technology Council. Stephen frequently present to executive groups and industry conferences on the evolving landscape of academic-industry collaborations and best practice workforce development solutions .
Prior to joining the WPI community, Stephen held senior management positions at Babson College, including associate dean of Babson’s School of Executive Education and dean of executive education. Stephen also served as a director for Global Knowledge Network. He earned a BS and a JD at Suffolk University.
What do you do at the CDC?
I work with our industry partners and internal constituents to set a strategic direction for the Career Development Center (CDC) as part of WPI’s division of Academic and Corporate Engagement. We offer expert advice and services to help employers attract top talent and connect with the many resources at WPI. Students and alumni benefit from the CDC’s many connections to industry and our excellent career services and co-op programs.
I joined the CDC in 2013 after serving as director of career services at Mount Holyoke College, Gallaudet University, and American University. My professional experience includes extensive work with students and employers at Middlebury, Johns Hopkins, and Brown. I also led alumni relations at my alma mater, The Catholic University of America, and earned a master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Maryland.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the fountain (not actually IN the fountain!), which is right outside our office, because there you can sense the vibrant campus life we have at WPI, the diversity of students crisscrossing their way to classes, projects, labs, meetings, work, you name it.
Anything else you would like to share?
I facilitate the Career Coaching Intensive workshop offered by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) at universities around the country, a great way to meet new colleagues and support our profession.
Let the marketplace decide, don’t count yourself out, instead do your best to design and implement a search strategy, get great advice from others, follow through, and see where it leads.
In her 10 years at WPI, Rachel has assumed a variety of leadership roles in WPI’s Sales, Business, and Educational Program Development. She earned her MBA from WPI in 2013, while working full-time. As a Corporate and Professional Education leader, Rachel is responsible for the overall strategy and growth of each line of business within the department. This includes the assessment of opportunities, evaluation of ROI, resource allocation, and collaboration with other department leaders to form a cohesive engagement strategy between WPI and outside constituents.