The Division of University Advancement builds and sustains relationships with alumni, donors, parents, friends, and advocates of WPI, securing the vital resources that add lasting value to the university.
The division is comprised of eight offices, all working interdependently to carry out the public outreach and philanthropic needs of the university. The offices include:
- Office of Lifetime Engagement
- Foundation & Corporate Philanthropy
- Government & Community Relations
- Information Management and Research
- Advancement Services
- Leadership and Planned Giving
- Advancement Events and Communications
Working closely with the Alumni Association, a volunteer-led organization that provides benefits and services to WPI graduates, the division spearheads a wide range of alumni events and communications vehicles such as The Bridge and the alumni website. In concert with the university's Marketing and Communications division, the office also contributes news and information to the WPI Journal, the alumni magazine.
Among the many events and programs coordinated through University Advancement are annual class reunions, Homecoming, the annual scholarship dinner and donor recognition events, and the Imagine & Achieve series with the university president.
Higgins House, surrounded by a formal English garden, serves as the backdrop for many alumni events and houses the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement, the Office of Lifetime Engagement, and the External Relations.
Built in 1923, Higgins House is a miniature duplicate of the Compton Wyngates castle in Warwickshire, England. The structure was built by WPI alumnus Aldus Chapin Higgins and his wife, May, who bequeathed the house to WPI in 1971.
The remaining offices in the Division of University Advancement are housed at 85 Prescott St. near the WPI campus.
The Odyssey of Naudin Oswell
WPI alumnus Naudin Oswell ’30, WPI’s first black graduate, was a pioneering leader in public housing in the United States as well as a trailblazing figure in the investment banking community. Read more about this remarkable WPI graduate in this expansive feature story.
WPI does not sanction individuals or organizations soliciting its alumni, donors, parents, and friends for funding without disclosure to and full awareness of, University Advancement. We regret any disruption caused by falsely representing WPI.