We know that character, courage, and competency are the marks of a true leader.
We’re proud to have an executive team and board members that exemplify those qualities.
Since his arrival at Widener in 2002, Widener University President James T. Harris III and his executive team have been instrumental in reinvigorating Widener's mission, and are committed to demonstrating Widener's commitment to leadership and service through their own example.
Learning to Serve
A recipient of the 2011 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 11, among other honors, President Harris frequently joins students on community service projects. Each year he participates in the university’s Alternative Spring Break. Once a year, he trades places with a student and fulfills the student's campus responsibilities, including attending classes, while the student becomes President for a Day.
Planning for Success
Thanks to a comprehensive, inclusive planning process, Widener has a strategic plan outlining its goals through 2015. And with the Campaign for Widener, we have a game plan for making those goals a reality. In fact, with our updated state-of-the-art facilities in our engineering building, which includes Widener's Observatory, and Founders Hall, which houses our School of Nursing as well as the Oskin Leadership Institute, we are well on our way to becoming a leading metropolitan university.
Dean Fred Akl
Professor Fred A. Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his work with NASA during the STS-63 and STS-71 space shuttle missions.
At the Health Annex
Lynn Freda, a nurse and graduate student in Widener's Family Nurse Practitioner master's program, talks about her experiences working with Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, associate professor at the School of Nursing.
Dr. Marina Barnett
Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education, talks about the leadership qualities she sees in her students. Also, Dr. Barnett gives an amazing Widener rallying cry. Check it out!
Catherine Rawlings '14
Catherine Rawlings, a junior from West Chester, Pa., talks about why she participates in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program at Widener.
Dr. Jeannette Wyatt
Assistant Professor Jenny Wyatt discusses the work and impact of the Widener Center for Violence Prevention.
Dr. Nadine McHenry
Associate Professor Nadine McHenry talks about the importance of exposing teacher candidates to schoolchildren from different contexts.
The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.