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August 21, 2017 Class of 2017

40 Under Forty: Andrew B. Palumbo

Erika Sidor At Creative Hub Worcester are 40 Under Forty winners (from left) Andrew B. Palumbo, Courtney Ross Escobar, Meghan E. Montaner and Patrick J. DiGregorio.

After achieving all-time highs in student enrollment and revenue at Plymouth State and The Sage Colleges, Palumbo joined WPI in 2015 and since new underrepresented minority student enrollment reached an all-time high while the rate of women in class jumped from its previous record of 34 percent to 43 percent. Last year, his op-ed about the inherent bias in standardized testing and WPI's decision to quit the National Merit Scholarship Program ran in The Washington Post.

Palumbo advocates for food allergy issues since his eldest daughter was diagnosed with life-threatening allergies. He lives with wife, Krista, and daughters, Cecelia and Zoe.

What would a movie made about your career be called? “Changing the Game.” Higher education’s access and affordability no longer meet today’s needs. My goal is to improve how our industry admits and aids students.

What one Central Massachusetts location should everyone visit? Purgatory Chasm

Meet the other 40 Under Forty winners for 2017

Asmar N. Akman – Akman Enterprises Inc.

Brendan Aylward – Unified Health and Performance

Greta Bajrami Campoverde – Golden Group Construction Corp.

Kathryn Behan – UMass Memorial Healthcare

Heather Belair – Bay State Savings Bank

Neil Callahan – R.H. White Construction

Michelle L. Cote, Esq. – Law Offices of Richard S. Ravosa

Julianne Dahrooge – Chan & Dahrooge Financial Group, LLC

Patrick J. DiGregorio – Veterans Inc.

Justin Dufresne – VHB, Inc.

Courtney Ross Escobar – Doucette & LaRose, LLC

Robert Fecteau – BirchTree Bread Co.

Hilary Gardner – The Davis Cos.

Ashleigh C. Gelinas, Esq. – Gelinas & Ward, LLP

Avra Hoffman – BirchTree Bread Co.

Maryann C. Johnson – Oak Hill CDC

Kevin G. Johnson – O’Connor, Maloney & Company, P.C.

Heather Mangione – United Way of Central Massachusetts

Jay Merrill – Clifford & Rano Associates

Meghan E. Montaner – The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Edward Murphy – Baystate Investment Fund

Joy Rachelle Murrieta – Main IDEA

Dr. Milka Njoroge, PharmD – Century Homecare, LLC

Jim Notaro – Fidelity Bank

Kevin Peterssen – United Bank

John T. Pitcavage – Endless Energy

Julia Randall, M.D. – Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Keith Reardon – Commonwealth Consulting Group, LLC

Giselle Rivera-Flores – The Learning Hub & IgWorcesterMA

Patrick T. Royce – UniBank

Jamie Salois – Atlas Distributing

Lindiana Semidei – Raices Latin Dance

Jody Staruk – Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Francisco Torres – Town of Westborough

Abel Travis – Hanover Insurance Group

Elizabeth Tripp – Hanover Insurance Group

Alexis G. Vallejos – Columbia Tech

David Viens – Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Ryan A. Wagner – Robert Fine & Associates

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