Homecoming 2022 saw many of you, as well as students, families, and friends, back on the Hill. All were welcomed back for a weekend of friendship, celebration, competition, and school spirit. Planning for Alumni Weekend 2023 is already underway. Watch your email inbox for Alumni Weekend news and registration information. Between now and then, there are plenty of opportunities to stay connected and get involved. I hope you’ll join me in attending events, getting involved, and giving back to our alma mater this winter and upcoming spring.
From the Desk of Paula M. Delaney
As we round the corner into the second half of the 2022–23 school year, I am pleased to share the following extra special highlights from last term on the Hill.
The Alumni Association launched its inaugural Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) 10 Under 10 Awards. This program recognizes and celebrates alumni from the last 10 years who have excelled in one or more of the following areas: career achievements, philanthropic endeavors, community outreach & inclusion, and artistic impact & accomplishments. See related story to learn more about the 2022 recipients.
Beyond These Towers: The Campaign for WPI is going strong with wonderful support from October’s Giving Day, which raised over $300,000 for the university in 24 hours. With more than 1,300 donors—alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends—Giving Day 2022 had one of the university’s highest levels of participation yet. Of special note were the 44 Giving Day Ambassadors—our most ever—advocating for their WPI passions, and the more than 580 donors who supported them and their efforts directly. Thank you for being part of our caring community by supporting Beyond These Towers: The Campaign for WPI.
“Grace” Jinliu Wang, PhD, a materials scientist and highly accomplished and collaborative leader in higher education, government, and industry, was selected as the 17th president of WPI. Elected by the Board of Trustees after an extensive national search, Wang will assume the presidency on April 3, 2023.
Trustee Emeritus, former WPI Board Chair, and former WPI interim president Philip B. Ryan ’65 received the Phi Kappa Theta 2022 Man of Achievement Award in November at a special ceremony in his honor. Established by the Phi Kappa Theta National Foundation, the award recognizes brothers who have risen to prominence in their fields of endeavor and whose accomplishments inspire members to achieve their own goals.