In collaboration with the academic deans, Provost and Senior Vice President Stephen Wilhite monitors the curricula and advocates for academic resources for all colleges and schools at Widener. 

Dr. Wilhite monitors curricular innovation and resulting student demand; actively encourages and supports faculty in their assessment activities that gauge programmatic excellence; determines the need for hiring new faculty; oversees the faculty’s recruitment, promotion, and tenure review process; administers faculty development programs; and fosters faculty excellence in teaching, research, and service. 

Working with the associate provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the associate provost for Graduate Programs, and the assistant provost for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, the provost and senior vice president administers the academic policies, procedures, and institution-wide requirements for all students. Additional oversight for the Wolfgram Library, the Honors Program , Academic Support Services, and cooperative education round out the features and services that lead to educational excellence at Widener. 

In his work overseeing the Office of Student Affairs, the provost and senior vice president collaborates to createdynamic and innovative programming that promotes students’ readiness for learning and contributing to society. 

The provost and senior vice president is also the chairperson for the Faculty Council, the Provost’s Council, and the Deans' Council.