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Advancement

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:

  • Alumni Relations
  • Foundation & Corporate Philanthropy
  • Government & Community Relations
  • Information Management and Research
  • Advancement Services
  • Leadership and Planned Giving
  • Development
  • Advancement Events and Communications

Contact

Phone: 
Fax: 
508-831-6004

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 Hill, The Bridge, and the alumni Website. In concert with the university's Marketing and Communications division, the office also contributes news and information to Transformations, 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.

Higgens HouseHiggins 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 Alumni Relations, and the Office of Advancement Events and Communications.

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.

Naudin Oswell, WPI's first black graduate, Class of 1930

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.

Solicitation Policy

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.

News

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Top row: Gabrielle Acquista '23, Nat Mohn '22, Ali Gannon '22, Ethan Wilke '23 Bottom row: MC Shea '23, Rachael Mair '21, Spencer McClellan '22, Chris Guerrette '22, Kaustubh Pandit '22
April 15, 2021
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Roger S. Gottlieb and Elke Rundensteiner have been named William B. Smith Professors
April 15, 2021
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Kola Akindele AVP of External Relations and Strategic Partnerships.
February 02, 2021
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Musical instruments stand ready for the WPI Orchestra and Concert Band
December 21, 2020