Harry Storke came to WPI after retiring as a lieutenant general following a distinguished Army career. His goal from the beginning was to continue transforming the Institute from a college of competent resources into one of national renown. In the closing years of his tenure, he saw this dream take form as a faculty planning committee he had appointed brought forth for faculty consideration an innovative academic program that would become known as the WPI Plan.
The yearlong Centennial Observance of 1964-65 launched a successful capital fund campaign that resulted in the addition of Goddard Hall, the George C. Gordon Library, Harrington Auditorium, and the Stoddard and Ellsworth-Fuller residence centers (both completed after Storke's departure). Under Storke, the faculty began to play a more responsive role in determining academic policy, the student body grew in size, and women were first admitted as undergraduates.