President WollmanDr. Julie E. Wollman became 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!


President Wollman previously served as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on academic excellence, faculty and staff development, and high impact learning practices. President Wollman also established Porreco College, a highly successful satellite campus, offering associate degrees targeted to meet the needs of Erie’s urban population.

Prior to becoming president of Edinboro, President Wollman served as vice president for academic affairs at Wheelock College in Boston. Before that, she was vice president for academic affairs at Worcester State University, and dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College, where she also co-directed the doctoral program and held rank of full professor.

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

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