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UA03: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs records

Identifier: UA03

Scope and Contents

This collection spans the years 1959 to the present. Most of the materials in this collection are described at the box level, with general description of box contents.

Series I: Individual Provosts' Records Series I contains records specific to individual provosts. Where broad subjects span several provosts' administrations or address certain broad areas (including surveys, the WPI Plan, Massachusetts Academy), most of these records are in succeeding record groups.

Series II: Annual Reports This series contains records specific to individual provosts. • Department and WPI Goals and Strategic Plans The first two boxes in this grouping focus on Department Goals. The next three are primarily strategic plans for WPI as a whole. Box 6 contains records of the President's Task Forces and Commissions, 2004-2007 • Department Heads' Meeting Minutes and Memos

Series III: Faculty This group contains faculty handbooks and new faculty orientation materials and other records related to the faculty. Also included is a scrapbook/album with photographs of and information about Humanities Dept. faculty. Faculty Personnel Records

Series IV: WPI Cabinet and Committees

Series V: WPI Plan materials Materials related to the 25th anniversary of the Plan. • Projects

Series VI: Academics: First Year Experience This group of records deals with Academics, including the First Year Experience, Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, the Interface Discipline Program, NASA's space suit glove competition, and WPI's Graduate Education. • First Year Experience: Great Problems Seminars Posters • Academics: Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science (MAMS) • Academics: Interface Discipline Program A program at the interface of existing disciplines, this was one of the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force. • Academics/Project: WPI Prototype Space Suit Glove - NASA/ASEE Competition Consists of materials related to WPI's student participation in the NASA/ASEE Design Team Competition in 1985. • Academics: Graduate Education

Series VII: Programs/Grants/Contracts/Events This series contains records related to programs (including those funded by the Davis Educational Foundation), contracts and agreements, the proposed merger with Clark for an MBA program, and other materials related to events.

Series VIII: Accreditation This material relates to accreditation by ABET and other organizations.

Series IX: Surveys and Assessments


  • Majority of material found within 1959 - 2012

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical / Historical

This office began in 1959, when M. Lawrence Price was named Vice President and Dean of the Faculty. Prior to that, Professor Francis Roys served as Chairman of the Faculty for eighteen years.

The following people have served to lead this department: 1. Vice President and Dean of Faculty M. Lawrence Price, 1959-1972 2. Vice President and Dean of Faculty Ray Bolz, 1972-1983. 3. Vice President and Provost/Dean of Faculty Richard H. Gallagher, 1985-1989 4. Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald N. Zwiep, 1989-1990 5. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affiars Diran Apelian, 1990-1996 6. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John F. Carney, 1996-2005 7. Provost Carol Simpson, 2005-2006 8. Provost John Orr, 2007-2010 9. Provost Eric Overstrom, 2010-present

The Division of Academic Affairs, which the Provost leads, is responsible for the overall quality of teaching, scholarship and research at WPI, both on the undergraduate and graduate levels.


23.5 Linear Feet

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Former collection number: RG 030

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Repository Details

Part of the WPI University Archives Repository

100 Institute Road
George C. Gordon Library
Worcester MA 01609 USA