Interim President

The Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Dr. Stephen C. Wilhite as the Interim President of Widener University for academic year 2015-16. The board is confident that under Dr. Wilhite’s leadership, the university will continue to live out its mission and move forward with our strategic Vision 2021 plan.

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 has been a member of accreditation site visit teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and for the Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy 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 graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in psychology and earned his D.Phil. in human experimental psychology from the University of Oxford.

The vision and leadership he has shown demonstrate his understanding of higher education, budgets, faculty involvement, and innovation in every area. From the establishment of the Widener Partnership Charter School, designed to offer parents and their children a brighter future through collaborative educational practice, to the establishment of a new Ph.D. in social work education, focusing on the research of applied practice, as well as the application of research findings, he has confirmed his commitment to our metropolitan mission.. 

A search for a new president is underway.