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Grace Wang, PhD, Named 17th President of WPI


A materials scientist and highly accomplished and collaborative leader in higher education, government, and industry, Grace Wang, PhD, has been selected as the 17th president of WPI. Elected by the WPI Board of Trustees after an extensive national search, she will join the community on April 3, 2023.



WPI president-elect Grace Wang
I look forward to listening and learning from the great minds who make WPI what it is and whose voices will play an essential role in defining our way forward.
President-elect Grace Wang
From the Board of Trustees

Welcoming our President-elect

In a note to the WPI community, Board of Trustees Chair Bill Fitzgerald '83 introduced Grace Wang, PhD, as the university's 17th president. Elected after a comprehensive international search, Wang's experience as a materials scientist and accomplished and collaborative leader in higher education, government, and industry make her "... the right leader at the right time for WPI." 

An Introduction to the WPI Community

11/7/22 Town Hall

President-elect Wang was introduced to the WPI community during a welcome program and reception on November 9, 2022, including remarks by interim president Wole Soboyejo.
President elect Grace Wang with WPI community

A Picture-Perfect Welcome

During her introduction to the WPI community, the president-elect took questions, met some faculty, staff, and students, and shared what she looks forward to in her new role as the 17th president of WPI. 

What Others Are Saying

Grace is precisely the leader WPI needs to take project-based learning and purpose-driven research to the next level.
WPI Board of Trustees Chair Bill Fitzgerald '83
She brings stellar credentials, wide-ranging experiences, and a global perspective to WPI. I am confident in her ability to collaboratively set a future course for the institution.
WPI Trustee and Search Committee Chair David LaPré '74