Dr. Jerry M. Greiner currently serves as Interim Provost for Widener University. He provided leadership as President of Arcadia University from 2004 to 2011 helping the university build its distinctive brand promise as a national leader in global engagement. During his last four years there, Arcadia held the distinction as top college or university in the country for the percentage of students studying abroad. This was a measure of undergraduate students earning credits abroad, but a significant percentage of graduate students also participated in short term study abroad as part of their studies.
Since his retirement from Arcadia in 2011, Dr. Greiner has worked as a consultant assisting other colleges and universities build global engagement opportunities and strategic plans that could differentiate them from their competitors.
Prior to Arcadia, Dr. Greiner served at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN for 29 years, beginning as an assistant professor of psychology in 1975. He taught various courses in psychology, including psychotherapy, family therapy, clinical and personality theories, as well as introductory psychology. For the last 15 years at Hamline, he served in various administrative positions beginning as an assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts and culminating in the position of provost, with all functions of the university except finance and development reporting to him. During his years of leadership in the College of Liberal Arts, he focused on building a program of student-faculty collaborative research across all departments.
Dr. Greiner also had a small private practice as a psychotherapist for 27 years while in MN. He worked primarily with adults, couples and some families using cognitive and brief therapy approaches.
Jerry and his wife, Terry, have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren.