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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!
For more than 25 years, Dr. Julie E. Wollman has been a passionate, fearless, and effective advocate and leader in higher education. She is the tenth 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 the university focused on providing an unparalleled student experience.
Leading with enthusiasm, authenticity, and a strong respect for others, Dr. Wollman is nationally recognized specifically for her commitment to building community and bringing people from varying perspectives together to engage in conversation. In the fall of 2017, Dr. Wollman launched Common Ground, an ongoing university-wide initiative designed to encourage reasoned civil discourse on challenging topics.
Dr. Wollman serves on the boards of several local, regional, and national organizations, including the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, an economic development organization, where she serves as Board Vice-President; the Global Philadelphia Association; the Middle Atlantic Conference of the NCAA where she serves as Board Secretary; the Baldwin School; and the American Association of University Administrators. She also chairs the President’s Alliance of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.
Prior to joining Widener University, Dr. Wollman served as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and she has held academic leadership positions at Wheelock College, Worcester State University, and Rhode Island College. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, her masters of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctor of philosophy from New York University.
Dr. Wollman is a frequent commentator and dynamic speaker on education-related public policy issues, higher education affordability, and leadership, appearing regularly in print, online, and broadcast media outlets. She is the recipient of numerous teaching, academic, and professional awards and recognitions. Most recently, she was named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a “2017 Women of Distinction” and one of its “People to Watch for 2018,” as well as one of Main Line Today magazine’s 2017 “Women on the Move.”