Staff Profile

Kristin R. Tichenor

Kristin R Tichenor

Title: Senior Vice President
Tel: 508-831-6720
Department: Undergraduate Admissions
Office location: Bartlett Center

As senior vice president, Kristin Tichenor oversees WPI’s enrollment division and leads the implementation of WPI’s strategic plan, Elevate Impact. Her portfolio includes graduate and undergraduate enrollment services, institutional research, the registrar’s office, pre-collegiate outreach programs and multicultural affairs. Under her leadership, WPI has seen dramatic increases in application volume, selectivity, quality and diversity. Tichenor led WPI’s adoption of a test-optional admissions policy, which is now in its tenth year.

Tichenor is an advocate for equity, access and diversity in higher education, with op-eds and articles appearing in publications such as the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is founder and convener of the College Admissions Collaborative Highlighting Engineering and Technology (CACHET), a higher education forum dedicated to promoting opportunities for students in engineering and technology. She has served on the College Board’s Colloquium Planning Committee and New England Regional Council, and has been active in the National Association of College and Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS).

Tichenor earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, her Master’s degree from Clark University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania.