Executive Team

James T. Harris III, DEd

Professor of Education
tel: 610-499-4101

Dr. Harris serves as the chair of the Finance Committee for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities(AICUP) and chair of the Division III President’s Council of The National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA). In 2011, he contributed a chapter entitled, How Widener Developed a Culture of Civic Engagement and Fulfilled its Promise as a Leading Metropolitan University to the book: Civic Engagement and Service Learning in a Metropolitan University. Since 2002, Dr. Harris has been a member of the faculty of Harvard University’s Management Development Program and the Management and Leadership in Education Program.

Stephen C. Wilhite, DPhil

Provost of Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychology
tel. 610.499.4105

Dr. Wilhite serves as the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Widener Partnership Charter School. He has frequently been a member of accreditation site visit teams for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and for the Commission of Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, and he has served as a member of the Commission on Learning, Instruction, and Technologies of the University Continuing Education Association. In 2011, Dr. Wilhite co-authored the book, Civic Engagement and Service Learning in a Metropolitan University: Multiple Approaches and Perspectives.

Joseph J. Baker, MBA

Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
tel: 610-499-4156

Mr. Baker currently serves on the Board of Directors of University Technology Park and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. He also serves on the member services committee of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania.

Linda S. Durant, MEd

Senior Vice President for University Advancement
tel: 610-499-4112

Ms. Durant served on the faculty and as chair of numerous educational programs offered by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including the 2012 Winter Institute for Chief Development Officers. She has also chaired the CASE District I and the District II annual conferences. Ms. Durant delivered the keynote address for the International Seminar on Alumni Relations and the Giving Culture in Santo Domingo in February 2007. Currently, Ms. Durant serves as chair of the CASE District Two Board of Directors and is a former member of the CASE National Board of Trustees. 

Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD

Chief Community Engagement and Diversity Officer
tel: 610-499-4566

In 2008, Dr. Pickron-Davis was appointed as the regional vice president for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, and the Society for College and University Planning. She currently serves on the Boards for the Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester Youth Collaborative, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Editorial Board, the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, Chester Community Improvement Project, Delaware County Habitat for Humanity, and the Asbury Wesley Foundation at Drexel University  (more). __________________________________________________________________________________________ 

Suk-Chung Yoon, PhD 

Associate Provost for Experiential Learning and Global Engagement
tel: 610-499-4103

Dr. Suk-Chung Yoon is a William R. Baily Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Widener University. He also serves as associate provost for Experiential Learning and Global Engagement. In that role, Dr. Yoon provides university-wide vision and leadership in the development ond implementation of experiential learning, including undergraduate research, service learning, study abroad, and internships. Dr. Yoon maintains his current academic roles, as he oversees the development of the Office of Experiential Learning and chairs the new Experiential Learning Council. In addition, he will continue work on establishing and enhancing good practices in international educational partnerships.