President Wollman

Julie E. Wollman was appointed as the 10th president of Widener University in January 2016.

“Julie Wollman brings tremendous expertise to Widener University, having more than 25 years of experience in higher education with a deep commitment to providing a liberal arts and professional education of the highest caliber.”

-General John Tilleli, chair of the board of trustees



Welcome from President Wollman

At Widener we are proud of our distinctly caring community where students come first. In the safe and supportive atmosphere of our beautiful campus we challenge students to exceed their own expectations, to discover in themselves new skills and abilities, and to develop a commitment to excellence in all that they do.

We accomplish these lofty goals through close personal attention. And we can do it consistently because while we have the resources and national reputation of a large university with a range of academic programs, Widener feels like a smaller college thanks to our small class sizes and focus on personal attention.

At Widener, everyone on campus is singularly focused on supporting you, challenging you, and finding life-changing opportunities for you like international travel, hands-on internships, mentored research, and networking with world renowned leaders and local business CEOs. Our focus on leadership prepares students for success on campus and after graduation. It’s no wonder Widener graduates are in the top 20% in the country for salaries earned in mid-career and that they are working on solving some of the world’s biggest problems here at home and around the globe.

My number one priority is our students and making sure they each have the best possible experience at Widener! View welcome video from President Wollman.


For more than 25 years, Dr. Julie E. Wollman has been a passionate, fearless, and effective advocate for higher education. She is the 10th president of Widener University, a role she assumed in January of 2016. Guided by a relentless pursuit of excellence, she has articulated a clear vision and distinct goals for Widener. Under her leadership, all Widener University students will participate in project-based interdisciplinary learning, engage in global experiences, and have the opportunity to graduate with a leadership minor or leadership certificate.

Dr. Wollman leads with enthusiasm, authenticity, and a respect for others that draws people together. She is committed to building community and bringing people from varying perspectives together to engage in conversation. She also supports her own communities, serving on the boards of several local, regional, and national organizations, including the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, an economic development organization; the New American Colleges and Universities; the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the NCAA; and the American Association of University Administrators.

Prior to joining Widener University, Dr. Wollman served as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees from Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University.

Dr. Wollman lives in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, with her husband Dan King and the three unofficial mascots of Widener University—her dogs Leila, a Cocker Spaniel, and Oliver and Mallory, St. Bernards.

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To learn more about President Wollman, view her profile page and hear about her vision for Widener.