The administration provides services that support the academic mission of WPI. These services include governance of the academic program, as well as the oversight of finances, budget, facilities, human resources, and campus safety. We strive to foster a sense of collaboration, and to provide a diverse, vibrant community in which to learn, live, and work together.

Laurie A. Leshin

Laurie A. Leshin

President

Office of the President

Office: Boynton Hall, 1st Floor

Phone: 508-831-5200

As WPI’s 16th president—and the first woman to serve in the role—Laurie Leshin is committed to elevating WPI’s impact in communities worldwide. ... View Profile

Bruce Bursten

Provost

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office of the Provost

Office: Provost Office, Boynton Hall

As provost of WPI, a position he’s held since 2015, Bruce Bursten is responsible for the university’s academic and research programs. He oversees the quality of teaching, scholarship, and research, working with the university’s deans and professional staff to assure the continued excellence of WPI’s programs.< In addition to his duties as provost and senior vice president, he teaches chemistry and biochemistry at WPI. He is the author or co-author of more than 160 research papers, and has presented over 200 research seminars at universities, labs, and companies. ... View Profile
David Bunis

David Bunis

Senior VP & General Counsel

Phone: 508-831-4993

David Bunis serves as the senior vice president and general counsel at WPI. As the university’s first chief legal officer, Bunis brings decades of legal experience to the role. A member of the senior management team, Bunis helps guide WPI through the full scope of legal issues facing universities, including enterprise risk management, Title IX compliance, intellectual property, disciplinary investigations, institutional governance and compliance, real estate, and more.

As a practicing attorney, Bunis has represented some of the largest nonprofits and universities throughout New England. He spent five years at Brandeis University as chief legal officer and secretary of the corporation. Prior to arriving at WPI, Bunis was a partner at two Boston law firms: Donnelly, Conroy, & Gelhaar, LLP; and Dwyer & Collora, LLP. He started his legal career at Nutter, McClennen, & Fish, LLP, the law firm founded by the future Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis.

Bunis has received many accolades, including being named one of the top 100 lawyers in Massachusetts and “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Bunis attended the London School of Economics, received a BA cum laude from Brandeis University, and JD cum laude from the Boston University School of Law.

Philip N. Clay

Philip Clay

VP for Student Affairs

Dean of Students

Phone: 508-831-5507, 508-831-5201

Philip Clay has worked in student affairs for 33 years; he currently serves as vice president for student affairs and dean of students at WPI. With the dean of undergraduate studies, he works to ensure an appropriate balance and synergy between academic and student life. He oversees a wide array of services and programs designed to support WPI’s 6,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students, including International Students and Scholars; Residential and Dining Services; Campus Center and Student Activities; Fraternities and Sororities; Health Services; Student Development and Counseling; and Disability Services.

He also oversees Judicial Affairs and the WPI CARE Team, a group of professional staff from across the university that meets weekly to address the safety, welfare, and academic success of students. He is co-chair of WPI’s Emergency Preparedness Team, where he coordinates the university’s response to critical incidents and emergency situations.

Prior to joining the WPI community in 1993, he worked at SUNY Potsdam and Binghamton University. He holds a BA from St. Lawrence University and an MA in art history from Binghamton University.

Stephen P. Flavin

Stephen Flavin

VP, Academic & Corp Engagement

Academic & Corporate Engagement

Phone: 508-831-5095

Stephen Flavin has been a member of the president’s senior leadership team since 2006, and currently serves as vice president and dean of academic and corporate engagement at WPI, a position he’s held since 2009. In this position, he oversees the Offices of Corporate Engagement and Corporate and Professional Education, the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center, and the Career Development Center; he is responsible for developing, fostering, and managing strategic relationships with industry across all academic disciplines while also delivering long-term, measurable outcomes.

Flavin frequently presents to executive groups and industry conferences, and has served on the board of directors of UNICON (International University Consortium for Executive Education). He currently serves on the board of MassEcon and co-chairs the Talent Development Team of the Massachusetts High Technology Council.

Prior to assuming his current role, he held senior management positions at Babson College, and was director of the encapsulated knowledge business for Global Knowledge Network, a leading international provider of IT training and education. He holds a BS and JD from Suffolk University.

Dana Leigh Harmon

Dana Harmon

Director, PE, Rec & Athletics

Physical Education, Recreation & Athletics

Phone: 508-831-5243

Dana Harmon has served as the director of physical education, recreation, and athletics at WPI since 2002, and is the first woman to serve in the role. As director, she oversees WPI’s NCAA Division III varsity athletic program of 20 sports teams and more than 650 student-athletes, the physical education program for the university’s 4,200 undergraduates, a recreation program with over 40 club sports for more than 700 students, and an intramural program with over 1,500 participants.

Under her leadership, the physical education curriculum has expanded, club sport participation has grown exponentially, and the WPI varsity athletic program has experienced unprecedented success and achievement in the classroom, in competition, and in the community. She has also provided her expertise and developmental support for the construction of over $100 million in facility projects, including the Sports and Recreation Center, the rooftop field/parking garage complex, Alumni Stadium, and more.

Prior to joining the WPI community, Harmon served as associate director and acting director of athletics at Wellesley College. She earned a BA in business administration at Bellarmine University where she played Division II basketball, and later received her MS in sport management from UMass Amherst.

Michelle Jones-Johnson

Michelle Jones-Johnson

VP for Talent Dev/CDO

Human Resources

Phone: 508-831-6863

As WPI’s first vice president for talent development and chief diversity officer, Michelle Jones-Johnson collaborates with the leadership team to create comprehensive and consultative approaches to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent across the university, as well as design employee experiences that strengthen engagement and build an inclusive culture.

With 25 years of experience in HR strategy, leadership coaching, talent management, and performance consulting, she is a visionary and responsive leader. She has managed successful HR teams in both public and private organizations within a variety of industries such as healthcare, higher education, legal, engineering, architecture, and sales.

In addition to holding certifications in leadership coaching, labor relations, assessment facilitations, and human resources, she sits on several local boards including the Hanover Theatre and the Reliant Medical Foundation, and is a member of the Boston Chapter of the Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta.

She earned a BA in sociology at the University of Michigan, an MS in business administration at Syracuse University, and an MS in organizational management at the University of Phoenix.

William J. McAvoy

William McAvoy

VP for University Advancement

Advancement

Phone: 508-831-5337

Bill McAvoy joined WPI in 2012 as vice president for university advancement, working closely with WPI’s president and the board of trustees to support strategic institutional priorities. He is responsible for all advancement activities, including fundraising and relations with individual donors, foundations, government, and WPI’s 38,000 alumni in 104 countries. Under his leadership, WPI recently completed a $248 million campaign, surpassing the goal of $200 million.

Prior to joining WPI, he spent 11 years as director of development at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, working with the MFA's director, board of trustees, and senior management while also overseeing all aspects of fundraising for the museum. He has also held senior advancement positions at the Boston Museum of Science, Pine Street Inn, and Plimoth Plantation.

He has sat on boards of directors for several organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the ALS Association, the Plymouth County Development Council, and currently the Peter Farricker Spirit Foundation.

McAvoy received a BS in biology from the University of Connecticut, and a graduate degree in management with a concentration in nonprofit administration from Suffolk University.

Amy M. Morton

Amy Morton

Chief Marketing Officer

Marketing & Communications

Phone: 508-831-5874

As chief marketing officer, a position she’s held since 2011, Amy Morton uses her skills in market research, budgeting, event programming, and brand development to work closely with the senior leadership team to develop and implement a comprehensive university-wide marketing strategy and brand identity for WPI. She is also responsible for driving new revenue and meeting key performance indicators for WPI through improved processes, analysis, and reporting, and by improving communication strategies for WPI products and strategic initiatives.

Before joining WPI, Morton was vice president of marketing at Pearson Education, where she directed the marketing efforts of a $640M STEM publishing program. She holds teaching certificates in elementary and special education in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, and a teaching degree from Providence College.

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Stephanie Pasha

Assistant VP & Chief of Staff

Office of the President

Phone: 508-831-5200, 508-831-6655

Stephanie Pasha has been working at WPI since 2004, and joined the Office of the President as assistant vice president, chief of staff, and secretary of the corporation in 2014. She has worked with the university leadership team and the rest of the WPI community on a number of institutional initiatives and major campus events, including two presidential inaugurations. She was a lead on developing TouchTomorrow, WPI’s signature event promoting science and technology to a broad, public K-12 audience.

She worked at Boston University for over a decade in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and for BU's Dean of Arts and Sciences. She earned a BS in business administration and an M.Ed at Boston University, and an MA in English and creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

Deborah C. Scott

Deborah Scott

Chief Information Officer

Information Technology

Phone: 508-831-6075

As part of the university leadership team, Deborah Scott leads the Information Technology Services division and oversees IT strategies and services for WPI, including Academic Research Computing, Academic Technology Center, Enterprise Information Systems, System Operations Services, Support Services, Network Operations, Telecommunications, and Information Security. Through her collaborative leadership process, IT staff are empowered to partner at all levels within the organization to design optimal technology solutions for the university.

Before joining WPI in 2010, Scott served as executive director and chief technology officer for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has also worked for public technology-focused companies such as QAD, Rockwell International, and Raytheon. She earned a BS in electrical engineering from California State University, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Jeffrey S. Solomon

Jeffrey Solomon

Executive Vice President/CFO

Finance & Operations

Phone: 508-831-5288

As executive vice president and chief financial officer, Jeffrey Solomon leads the Office of Finance and Operations in managing the financial, physical, and technological resources of the university. He is responsible for overseeing WPI’s accounting and treasury operations; budget and planning; financial accounting and reporting; construction, renovation, and maintenance of the university’s facilities; endowment and investment management; compliance and risk management; campus police; and IT and the Unified Digital Campus Initiative. He serves as the principal liaison with the Audit, Budget, and Finance; Executive Compensation; Facilities and Campus Infrastructure; and Investment committees of the WPI Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining WPI in 2005, he worked at Brandeis University for 11 years, most recently as its vice president, chief investment officer, and chief risk officer. A certified public accountant and a former audit manager at Coopers & Lybrand, he received degrees from Brandeis University and Bentley College.

Kristin R. Tichenor

Kristin Tichenor

Senior Vice President

Phone: 508-831-6720

As senior vice president, Kristin Tichenor oversees the areas of enrollment management and marketing and communications. She represents WPI on many fronts, including media outreach and op-eds, collaborations with academic department heads, and leadership in regional and national organizations, and plays a key role in meeting the university’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment goals. She has been successful in attracting women and underrepresented minorities to the university; under her leadership, WPI has seen a dramatic increase in both undergraduate and graduate applications for admission.

She also has extensive experience in professional engagement. In addition to leading the College Admissions Collaborative Highlighting Engineering and Technology (CACHET), she has served as chair of the College Board’s Program Planning Committee and the New England Regional Council, and has been active in the National Association of College and Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST).

She earned a BA at Carleton College and an MA in education at Clark University.

Bogdan M. Vernescu

Bogdan M. Vernescu

Vice Provost for Research

Professor

Office of the Provost

Office: Boynton Hall

Phone: 508-831-6411

Bogdan Vernescu was appointed to the position of vice provost for research in 2016, with the goal of enhancing faculty research efforts and increasing support for research at WPI from government agencies, corporations, and foundations. His responsibilities include supervising the operation and non-financial support of WPI’s research enterprise, including oversight of university-wide research institutes and centers, and the offices that administer research sponsorship and intellectual property and innovation. ... View Profile