Stephen C. Wilhite, DPhil
Professor of Psychology
The Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Stephen C. Wilhite as the Interim President of Widener University for academic year 2015-16.
Dr. Wilhite became Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Widener University in June of 2011. Previously, he served at Widener as associate provost for graduate studies and dean of the School of Human Service Professions, having joined the widener faculty in 1983. A tenured professor of psychology, Dr. Wilhite has taught undergraduate courses in human learning, memory, and thinking; developmental psychology; the psychology of hypnosis; and research methodology. At the graduate level, he has taught theories of learning and motivation in Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and applications of educational research in the Center for Education. Dr. Wilhite was the first director of the university’s Honors Program from 1989 to 1993 and served as the first chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Widener Partnership Charter School from 2006 until his promotion to Provost in 2011.
He is currently a member of the Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, having previously served on numerous accreditation site visit teams for the commission. Dr. Wilhite has also been a member of accreditation site visit teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and he served as a member of the Commission on Learning, Instruction, and Technologies of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.
Dr. Wilhite co-authored the book, Learning and Memory: The Basis of Behavior (1992) and co-edited the book, Civic Engagement and Service Learning in a Metropolitian University: Multiple Approaches and Perspectives (2011). He has also written numerous journal articles and technical reports. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Psychology Science, the International Reading Association, the American Association of the American Council on Education, and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Dr. Wilhite’s current research interests include applied cognitive psychology and educational psychology, especially in relation to civic and community engagement, emotional competence, higher education leadership, and faculty development.
Dr. Wilhite graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in psychology and earned his D.Phil. in human experimental psychology from the University of Oxford.
Jerry M. Greiner, PhD
Dr. Greiner currently serves as Interim Provost for Widener University.
He provided leadership as President of Arcadia University from 2004 to 2011 helping the university build its distinctive brand promise as a national leader in global engagement. During his last four years there, Arcadia held the distinction as top college or university in the country for the percentage of students studying abroad. This was a measure of undergraduate students earning credits abroad, but a significant percentage of graduate students also participated in short term study abroad as part of their studies. Since his retirement from Arcadia in 2011, Dr. Greiner has worked as a consultant assisting other colleges and universities build global engagement opportunities and strategic plans that could differentiate them from their competitors.
Dr. Greiner served at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN for 29 years, beginning as an assistant professor of psychology in 1975. He taught various courses in psychology, including psychotherapy, family therapy, clinical and personality theories, as well as introductory psychology. For the last 15 years at Hamline, he served in various administrative positions beginning as an assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts and culminating in the position of provost, with all functions of the university except finance and development reporting to him. During his years of leadership in the College of Liberal Arts, he focused on building a program of student-faculty collaborative research across all departments.
Dr. Greiner also had a small private practice as a psychotherapist for 27 years while in MN. He worked primarily with adults, couples and some families using cognitive and brief therapy approaches.
Jerry and his wife, Terry, have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren.
Joseph J. Baker, CPA, MBA
Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
Joseph J. Baker, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, joined Widener University in May 1999 and directs the daily administrative and financial matters of the university. His responsibilities include enrollment management, athletics, operations and maintenance, information technology, human resources, compliance, risk management, legal, and campus safety, as well as all financial functions. He was Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee for the university’s first comprehensive strategic plan, Vision 2015, and is currently serving as Co-chair of that same committee for the Vision 2021 strategic plan.
Prior to joining Widener, Mr. Baker spent 20 years in the insurance industry, first at Philadelphia Life Insurance Company and then at Union Fidelity Life Insurance Company/Combined Insurance Company of America Group Division. He served as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Union Fidelity and was responsible for financial planning and operations.
Mr. Baker currently serves on the Board of Directors of University Technology Park, Widener Partnership Charter School, the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO), 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.
Senior Vice President Baker received his bachelor of science in accounting from LaSalle University and a master of business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He attended the Institute for Educational Management program at Harvard University.
He has also taught courses as an adjunct faculty member for the Widener masters of public administration program.
Linda S. Durant, MEd
Senior Vice President for University Advancement
As senior vice president for university advancement, Linda S. Durant is responsible for the university’s comprehensive campaign, alumni engagement, development, government and external relations, and university relations for all of Widener University.
During the past decade, Durant served on the faculty and as chair of numerous educational programs offered by CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, including the Leadership in Advancement Management Conference. Linda is the recipient of the 2015 CASE Professional of the Year Award. She has chaired the CASE District I and District II annual conferences and served as a member of the CASE National Board of Trustees. She served as Chair on the CASE District II Board of Directors for two years and is now Past Chair.
Senior Vice President Durant earned a bachelor’s degree in education and English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, a master’s degree in education and curriculum development from SUNY Cortland, and has engaged in graduate studies in education, management, and computer science at the University of New Hampshire. She has also completed the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has received certification in strategic integrated planning from The Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) organization.
She is an adjunct faculty member for the Widener master of public administration program.
Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD
Chief Community Engagement and Diversity Officer
Dr. Marcine Pickron-Davis joined Widener University in 2003 and serves as the Chief Community Engagement and Diversity Officer, reporting directly to the president. In this role, she serves as the university liaison and the president’s delegate to build community relations and strategic partnerships with the city of Chester. An essential part of her work is to advance Widener’s institutional mission to contribute to the vitality and well-being of the metropolitan region.
Dr. Pickron-Davis oversees the Office for Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives, which is responsible for fostering university and community partnerships with schools, business, civic leaders, and faith-based organizations. She also consults with faculty engaged in service-learning and community-based research and supports staff volunteerism in the community. Dr. Pickron-Davis assists in the development of short and long-term strategies that address the social, economic, and educational needs of the local community. She has been instrumental in raising the profile of Widener’s civic engagement mission which has been recognized by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Project Pericles, and the Learn and Serve President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. (more). __________________________________________________________________________________________
Suk-Chung Yoon, PhD
Associate Provost for Sponsored Programs, Research and Entreprenuerial Initiatives
Special Assistant to the President
Dr. Suk-Chung Yoon is currently special assistant to the President, associate provost for research and global engagement, and the William R. Bailey Endowed Professor of Computer Science. Prior to his appointment, he served as chair of the computer science department and founding director of the informatics program. During 2010-2011, he was a fellow of the American Council on Education under the mentorship of Villanova President Rev. Peter Donohue and Richard Stockton College President Dr. Herman Saatkamp Jr. for a semester each. He is also an internationally recognized researcher, mainly in the areas of Web technologies, data mining, and bioinformatics. Recently, he received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to revitalize undergraduate education in enterprise computing. He has twice received the IBM Faculty Award and was a recipient of the 2008 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.
He has partnered with students on service projects, including setting up computer labs in churches and other nonprofit organizations throughout Chester in PA. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in Korea and a master’s degree and doctorate from Northwestern University.