The Inauguration of Laurie A. Leshin

Laurie Leshin

The Inauguration of Laurie A. Leshin 16th President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute November 7th and 8th, 2104

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WPI to Celebrate the Inauguration of President Laurie A. Leshin November 7th & 8th

Installation of the University’s 16th President Launches a Celebration 150 years in the Making—the WPI Sesquicentennial


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will inaugurate Laurie A. Leshin as 16th president of the university on Saturday, November 8th.  The installation ceremony will be followed by a luncheon, and that evening WPI will host The Intergalactic Inaugural Ball celebrating our place in the universe and the promise of the next 150 years.

As part of the celebration, the university will also host “Inspired to Innovate: A Future-Focused Conversation” on Friday, November 7th.   This discussion will be moderated by President Leshin and will feature four extraordinary leaders of academia and industry who will speak to:

  • Impact of STEM Higher Education
  • Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education


Featured speakers are:

  • Wanda Austin, President and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Craig Barrett, Retired Chairman and CEO, Intel Corporation; Chair, Change the Equation
  • Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College
  • Subra Suresh, President, Carnegie Mellon University; Former Director of the National Science Foundation



Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

  • Inspired to Innovate: A Future-Focused Conversation
    Friday, Nov. 7th at 2 p.m.
    Alden Memorial
  • Installation Ceremony
    Saturday, Nov. 8th at 10 a.m.
    WPI Sports & Recreation Center
  • The Intergalactic Inaugural Ball
    Nov. 8th at 7 p.m.
    Harrington Auditorium


Learn more about President Leshin


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