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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 Leshin

Laurie A. Leshin

Office: Boynton Hall, 1st Floor
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5200
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. She brings over 20 years of leadership and government service experience to the role, which she assumed in 2014, and combines a lifelong love of learning and exploration with a strong track record of igniting action to advance critical institutions and programs. ... View Profile
Winston Soboyejo

Winston Soboyejo

Senior Vice President and Provost
Office: 100 Institute RD
Prior to joining WPI, Dr. Soboyejo was a Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University for approximately 17 years. He is a materials scientist whose research focuses on biomaterials and the use of nanoparticles for the detection and treatment of disease, the mechanical properties of materials, and the use of materials science to promote global development. ... View Profile
David Bunis

David A Bunis

Senior VP & General Counsel
Phone: +1 (508) 8314993
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. ... View Profile
Philip Clay

Philip N. Clay

Vice President for Student Affairs
Office: Rubin Campus Center, 228
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5507
Philip Clay has worked in student affairs for 34 years; he currently serves as vice president for student affairs 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 6,500 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students including International Student Life; Residential and Dining Services; Rubin Campus Center and Foisie Innovation Studio, Fraternities and Sororities; Health Services; Student Development and Counsel ... View Profile
Dana Harmon

Dana Leigh Harmon

Director, PE, Rec & Athletics
Office: Sports and Recreation Center
Phone: +1 (508) 8315243 x5243
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. ... View Profile
Michelle Jones-Johnson

Michelle Jones-Johnson

Vice President for Talent & Inclusion / Chief Diversity Officer
Michelle Jones-Johnson is an innovative human capital strategist with an outstanding reputation as an agile leader and visionary organizational champion. As the vice president for talent and inclusion, and chief diversity officer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, she focuses on attracting, developing, and retaining talent that distinguishes WPI in the competitive marketplace, striving to position the Institute as “talent rich and talent ready” and poised for the future with a capable and sustainable workforce. ... View Profile
Donna Levin

Donna Jean Levin

Exec Director, Innov & Entrepr
Donna Levin is WPI's first executive director of innovation and entrepreneurship. She is responsible for the university's Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem—her work aligns entrepreneurial activities across campus and disciplines and further stimulates innovation among the university community as a whole. ... View Profile
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William J. McAvoy

William J. McAvoy

Senior Vice President of University Advancement
Office: Higgins House, Suite 5
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5337
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. ... View Profile
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Amy M. Morton

Amy M Morton

Vice President, Chief of Staff
Office: Boynton Hall, 3rd Floor
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6556
Amy Morton is vice president and chief of staff to the president at WPI, a position she has held since 2017. She brings more than 25 years of business leadership experience to the role, both as a highly successful marketing and communications leader and as a teacher, advocate, and professional development consultant. She is passionate about advancing the university—through her leadership on campus and through her work externally to elevate the institution’s stature in the world. She began her tenure at WPI as Chief Marketing Officer, a position she held from 2011 to 2017. ... View Profile
Patty Patria

Patty Patria

VP, Information Technology CIO
Patricia Patria is WPI’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer.  She plays a vital role in strategic leadership for the planning and delivery of major IT initiatives on campus, as well as overseeing Network Operations, Systems Services, Application Administration, Data Architecture, Enterprise Resource Planning, Support Services, Project Management, Academic Technologies, Research Computing, and IT Security. ... View Profile
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Jeffrey S. Solomon

Jeffrey S. Solomon

Executive Vice President/CFO
Office: Boynton Hall, 2nd Floor
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5288
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. ... View Profile
Bogdan Vernescu

Bogdan M. Vernescu

Vice Provost Research
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6411
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