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.