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.


President Wollman has been a passionate and effective advocate for higher education.She has made it her goal that every Widener graduate will participate in project-based interdisciplinary learning, engage in a global experience, and graduate with a leadership minor or leadership certificate.

Dr. Wollman is deeply committed to the community. She serves on the boards of the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, an economic development organization, and the Chester Higher Education Council, a consortium of higher education leaders in Delaware County, PA. As a recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Wollman also serves on the board of directors of New American Colleges and Universities, the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the NCAA, and American Association of University Administrators.

A graduate of Harvard University where she majored in English and American literature and language and minored in French, Dr. Wollman earned her master of science in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctor of philosophy in education from New York University.

Dr. Wollman lives in Wallingford, PA with her husband Dan King and the two unofficial mascots of Widener University – her dogs Leila, a cocker spaniel and Oliver, a St. Bernard.

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