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

President

Office of the President

Office: Boynton Hall, 1st Floor

Phone: 508-831-5200

Laurie Leshin took office as the 16th President of WPI on June 1, 2014. She brings with her 20 years of experience as an academic and administrative leader and an accomplished record as a geochemist and space scientist. Learn more about President Leshin at http://www.wpi.edu/offices/president/about. View Profile

Bruce Bursten

Provost

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office of the Provost

Office: Provost Office, Boynton Hall

Bruce Bursten was born in Chicago and raised in Milwaukee. He received his SB in chemistry with honors from the University of Chicago in 1974, and his PhD in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 under the direction of the late Professor Richard F. Fenske. He was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University from 1978 to 1980, conducting research with the late Professor F. Albert Cotton. He joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1980 as an assistant professor of chemistry; in 1997 he was named Distinguished University Professor. ... View Profile
David Bunis

David Bunis

Senior VP & General Counsel

Phone: 508-831-4993

Attorney Bunis brings nearly 30 years of legal experience to this role, including 24 years in Boston-based law firms representing some of the largest nonprofits and universities throughout New England. Bunis also spent five years at Brandeis University where he served as chief legal officer, secretary of the corporation, and chief of staff to the president. He is fluent in the broad spectrum of legal issues that confront institutions of higher education, such as Title IX, campus disciplinary investigations and actions, institutional governance and compliance, employment issues, and managing cybersecurity risk on campus, as well as fraud and research misconduct. More generally, he is an accomplished litigator with significant experience managing legal issues around intellectual property, licensing and trademark, real estate, labor and employment law, and general business law.
 
Bunis joins the university from Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP, where he was a partner.  Bunis started his career at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, where he represented both Tufts University and Boston University, along with a host of other clients from a diverse group of business interests. He then spent nearly 20 years at Dwyer & Collora, LLP, where he was partner.  During his time at Dwyer & Collora, Bunis worked with universities and colleges, financial services institutions, and pharmaceutical, foodservice, and high technology companies. He was named the 2007 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year, was twice named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, and was voted to the list of the Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts six times.
 
Bunis received his bachelor's degree cum laude in politics and history from Brandeis University and a juris doctor cum laude from the Boston University School of Law.

Terri Anne Camesano

Prof & Dean of Grad Studies

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office of the Provost

Office: Office of the Provost

Phone: 508-831-5380

Philip N. Clay

Philip Clay

VP for Student Affairs

Dean of Students

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

I love being part of the student journey at WPI and assisting students with the opportunities and challenges that are part of the college years.  I enjoy being at WPI because of the close knit, caring community and the spirit of partnership that permeates across the university to ensure that students are having a successful experience both in and out of the classroom.  
 
Philip oversees an array of student services and programs designed to support WPI’s 4,300 full-time undergraduate and graduate students. He is responsible for Residential and Dining Services, Campus Center and Student Activities, Counseling and Health Services, Disability Services, and International Students and Scholars. He and his team support WPI students across a range of issues—from helping freshmen adjust to college life, promoting involvement in student organizations and leadership programs, to guiding students toward the appropriate academic resources. He also oversees Judicial Affairs and coordinates the WPI Care Team, a group of professional staff that meets weekly to address the safety, welfare, and academic success of students. Prior to joining WPI, Philip worked in student affairs at SUNY Potsdam and at 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 leads the Office of Corporate Engagement, Corporate and Professional Education, and the Career Development Center at WPI. He has been a member of the president’s senior leadership team since 2006. His primary focus is to develop, foster, and manage strategic relationships with industry in a comprehensive manner that spans multiple interests across academic disciplines while also delivering long-term, measurable outcomes.

Prior to assuming his current role, Stephen held senior management positions at Babson College, concluding as the dean ad interim of Executive Education. Previously, he 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.

Michael J. Ginzberg

Professor and Dean, Foisie Business School

Professor of Technology Management

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott St., 1313

Phone: 508-831-5218

I have served as Dean of the Foisie Business School since August 2015. Prior to coming to WPI, I served as dean of the business schools at American University, Yeshiva University and the University of Delaware. In addition, I have served as Associate Provost at Yeshiva University. My research has focused on the management of information technology in organizations, and my current interests concern creating business value through investments in technology, the management of risk and corporate governance. In 2005, I was elected a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. ... View Profile
Dana Leigh Harmon

Dana Harmon

Director, PE, Rec & Athletics

Physical Education, Recreation & Athletics

Phone: 508-831-5243

Dana is the sixth athletic director at WPI, and the first woman to serve in that role, a position she has held since 2002. She oversees the physical education program for the university's 3,900 undergraduates; 28 club sports with 680 students; an intramural program with over 1,200 participants; and WPI’s Division III athletic program with 20 varsity sports and over 600 student-athletes.

Under her leadership, the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics has grown in all areas, including an expanded physical education curriculum, increased club sports offerings, and an athletic program that has reached new heights for success in the classroom, in competition, and in the community. WPI student-athletes excel at the conference, regional, and national levels, both athletically and academically, while having higher graduation rates and GPAs than the general student body. Dana has also provided leadership and development for the transformation of WPI’s sport facilities, including a new Sports & Recreation Center, a new rooftop sports complex, the renovated Alumni Stadium, and the continuing renovation of Harrington Auditorium.

Prior to her appointment at WPI, Dana served as associate director, then acting director, of athletics at Wellesley College. She is a graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., where she played Division II basketball. She received a BA in business administration from Bellarmine before earning an MS in sport management from UMass Amherst in 1994. She was an inaugural inductee into the Anderson High School (Cincinnati) Athletic Hall of Fame for her outstanding accomplishments in basketball, soccer, softball, and track & field.

Arthur C. Heinricher

Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Professor

Undergraduate Studies

Office: Boynton Hall, 1st Fl

Phone: 508-831-5397

Arthur Heinricher is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and a Professor of Mathematical Sciences. As dean, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of all aspects of the undergraduate experience at WPI, providing leadership and working with the faculty to implement new undergraduate curricular and structural changes. Together with the Dean of Students, he works to ensure an appropriate balance and synergy between academics and student life. ... View Profile
William J. McAvoy

William McAvoy

VP for University Advancement

Advancement

Phone: 508-831-5337

Bill is responsible for all philanthropic initiatives on behalf of WPI, including fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, the Annual Fund, and Planned Giving. He also oversees the Alumni Relations office, responsible for maintaining close ties with WPI’s 32,000 alumni spread across the country and in 91 countries worldwide, and Community and Government Relations. In addition, he leads if…The Campaign to Advance WPI, the Institute’s $200 million capital campaign launched in May 2012 and scheduled to reach its goal in 2015.

Prior to joining WPI, Bill spent 11 years as the director of development for the Museum of Fine
Arts in Boston, where he led a successful $500 million capital campaign. He previously held senior advancement positions at the Museum of Science, Pine Street Inn, and Plimoth Plantation. He holds a BS in biology from the University of Connecticut and an MA in public administration from Suffolk University.

Amy M. Morton

Amy Morton

Chief Marketing Officer

Marketing & Communications

Phone: 508-831-5874

Amy works closely with senior leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive university-wide marketing strategy and brand identity for WPI.

An experienced executive in higher education, publishing, and K–12 professional development, 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. Her specialties include change management, market research, budgeting, creative problem solving, ROI tracking and analysis, event programming, and brand development.

Before joining WPI, Amy was vice president of marketing at Pearson Education, one of the world’s largest educational publishing companies, 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.

Karen Kashmanian Oates

Dean of Arts & Sciences & Prof

Arts & Sciences

Office: Salisbury Labs 121

Phone: 508-831-4677

Before joining WPI as the Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences, I was the deputy director for undergraduate education at the National Science Foundation. I was also the founding provost at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, associate dean and director at George Mason University, and the co-P.I. on a large, national dissemination grant entitled Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). ... View Profile
Deborah C. Scott

Deborah Scott

Chief Information Officer

Information Technology

Phone: 508-831-6075

Deborah leads the Information Technology Services division and oversees a broad range of IT strategies and services for WPI.  
This includes Academic Research Computing, Academic Technology Center for teaching and learning, Enterprise Information Systems, Hosting Services for administrative and academic software applications, Support Services, Networking, Telecommunications, Information Security, as well as high-speed Internet2 through the Goddard GigaPop to both WPI and surrounding colleges and nonprofit organizations. She leads through a collaborative process, empowering IT staff to partner at all levels within the organization to design optimal technical solutions for WPI.

Previously, Deborah was executive director and chief technology officer for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her information systems and technology experience prior to higher education was in public technology focused companies, including 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.

 

Winston Soboyejo

Dean of Engineering/Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 128

Prior to joining WPI, Dr. Sobojeyo 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
Jeffrey S. Solomon

Jeffrey Solomon

Executive Vice President/CFO

Finance & Operations

Phone: 508-831-5288

Jeff is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at WPI. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the accounting and treasury operations, budget and planning, construction, renovation, and maintenance of the university’s physical facilities, investment management, procurement, risk and compliance, WPI Police, and IT and the Unified Digital Campus initiative. Prior to joining WPI, Jeff was 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, Jeff received degrees from Brandeis University and Bentley College.

Kristin R. Tichenor

Kristin Tichenor

Senior Vice President

Phone: 508-831-6720

Kristin oversees the areas of enrollment management, marketing and communications, and student affairs for WPI. She plays a key role in meeting WPI’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment goals, including retention-related activities, institutional research, and diversity outreach. She represents WPI on many fronts, including media outreach and op-eds, collaborations with academic department heads, and leadership in regional and national organizations.

In terms of professional engagement, Kristin leads the College Admissions Collaborative Highlighting Engineering and Technology (CACHET), a national forum for colleges dedicated to promoting opportunities for students in engineering and technology. 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). Kristin earned her BA from Carleton College and her MA in education from Clark University.

Kristin K. Wobbe

Associate Deanof UG Studies

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office of the Provost

Office: Rubin Campus Center, Room 234

Phone: 508-831-5375

I love working with our first-year students in the Great Problems Seminars. Helping students with their first big WPI project is enormously fun, and I learn something new all the time. These courses not only give our students a head start on their major projects, they also can provide a passion and a career path. Watching that develop is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a teacher. View Profile