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Dr. Dale Scalise-SmithDale Scalise-Smith, PhD

As the university's chief academic officer, the provost is responsible for working collaboratively with the associate provosts, school deans, faculty, staff, and administrators to achieve the institution’s academic priorities. The provost also has direct responsibility for all academic support units and works closely with the president, chief financial officer, and academic leaders allocating financial resources to address Widener’s academic and financial health.

Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith was appointed provost of Widener University in August 2017. Her responsibilities include overseeing academic and student affairs across three campuses. Dr. Scalise-Smith’s experience as an academic leader and strong commitment to teaching and learning, aligns with Widener’s commitment to high-quality learning experiences, taught by dedicated and caring faculty. She brings to Widener a wide array of experience and accomplishments in higher education and is dedicated to increasing student access, success, and degree completion across delivery modalities. 

Prior to coming to Widener University, Dr. Scalise-Smith held leadership positions in academics, external partnerships, and online education at Northern Kentucky University and Utica College. Her service to the community, at the local, regional, and national level has been extensive. For more than 20 years she has served on community and professional boards, organizations, and committees including the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Pediatrics, the International Organisation for Physical Therapists in Pediatrics, Northern Kentucky Department of Public Health, Skyward NKY, the Samaritan Counseling Center of the Mohawk Valley, and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in Northern Kentucky and Upstate New York.

She works collaboratively with students and colleagues serving children with disabilities in the U.S. and internationally. She has worked with colleagues from the arts to increase participation of children with and without disabilities in dance/movement programs.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, a master’s degree and PhD from the University of North Carolina and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Utica College.

Dr. Scalise-Smith lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with her husband Christopher Smith and their two labrador retrievers. They have three grown children — Jillian, Brendan, and Emily and two grandchildren, Madison and Nixon.