|Dana L. Harmon|
Director of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics
Dana L. Harmon is the director of physical education, recreation, and athletics at WPI, a position she has held since 2002. She is only the sixth athletic director in the 150 year history of WPI, and the first woman to serve in that role. Harmon oversees the physical education program for the university's 4,100 undergraduates; 30 club sports with more than 700 students; an intramural program with over 1,500 participants and WPI’s Division III athletic program with 20 varsity sports and over 600 student-athletes.
Under her leadership the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics has grown in all areas including an expanded physical education curriculum, increased club sports offerings, and an athletic program that has reached new heights for success in the classroom, in competition and in the community. WPI student-athletes excel at the conference, regional and national levels both athletically and academically, while having higher graduation rates and GPAs than the general student body. Harmon has also provided leadership and development for the transformation of WPI’s sport facilities including a new Sports & Recreation Center, a new rooftop sports complex, the renovated Alumni Stadium and the continuing renovation of Harrington Auditorium.
Prior to her appointment at WPI, Harmon served as associate director, then acting director of athletics at Wellesley College. She is a graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., where she played Division II basketball. She received a BA in business administration from Bellarmine before earning an MS in sport management from UMass Amherst in 1994. Harmon was an inaugural inductee into the Anderson High School (Cincinnati, OH) Athletic Hall of Fame for her outstanding accomplishments in basketball, soccer, softball and track & field.