University Leadership


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.

Grace Wang
President, President

Grace Wang, PhD, began as WPI’s 17th president on April 3, 2023.  She is also a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WPI.  Elected by the WPI Board of Trustees after an extensive national search, Wang comes to WPI from The Ohio State University (OSU) where she served as executive vice president for research, innovation, and knowledge, and as a professor in Materials Science and Engineering. At OSU, Wang’s efforts helped expand the university’s research and innovation ecosystem, achieving $1.38 billion in annual R&D expenditures during her tenure. ...

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David Bunis
Senior VP & General Counsel, 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. He ...

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Philip Clay
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dean of Students

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5507

Philip Clay serves as WPI’s Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. A seasoned higher education professional, Philip Clay has worked in student affairs for 36 years. Vice President Clay oversees an array of student services and programs designed to support WPI’s 6,900 full and part time undergraduate and graduate students. He is responsible for the leadership of the Student Affairs Division which includes Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics, Rubin Campus Center and Student Activities, Residential and Dining Services, Health Services, Student Development ...

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Arthur Heinricher
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost, Office of the Provost

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5397

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. In 2012, Heinricher led the university’s self-study working with faculty and administration to facilitate the external review for ...

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Eileen Brangan Mell
Interim Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Marketing Communications

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6785

Eileen oversees the public relations and strategic communications initiatives at WPI.  An award-winning professional with more than 25 years of experience, Eileen has spent more than a decade connecting the world with WPI’s outstanding research and project-based learning initiatives. Her team of experts focus on story development, media relations, research communications, internal communications, issues and crisis management, as well as government communications.

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Lauren Turner
Senior Vice President of Talent & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Talent & Inclusion

Phone: +1 (508) 8316466

Since January 2022, Lauren Turner has served as senior vice president of talent and inclusion and chief diversity officer at WPI. Reporting directly to the President, she oversees all aspects of WPI’s human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) functions, including compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, performance management, learning and development, organizational development, employee engagement, labor relations, and employee relations, HR information systems, data and analytics, DEI, and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME). WPI ...

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Bogdan Vernescu
Vice President and Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, Research

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6411

Bogdan Vernescu is the Vice President and Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, and Professor of mathematical sciences. He was appointed to the position of Vice Provost for Research in 2016, and is responsible for 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, research ...

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