• Oskin Leadership Institute

About Us, Oskin Leadership Institute

The Oskin Leadership Institute, which opened in 2011, has been made possible by a generous gift from David Oskin, the former chair of Widener's Board of Trustees, his wife JoEllen, and their late son, David.



The mission of the Oskin Leadership Institute is to perpetuate the university's long and noble tradition of inspiring our students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage, and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.


The institute's long-term vision is to drive Widener University's evolution into a world-class leadership degree-producing institution that is recognized for its innovative programs and leadership experiences, especially opportunities for Widener students to lead outside their "comfort zones." The institute is also dedicated to advancing the international field of leadership studies, particularly in contributing new research and scholarship on the relationship between courage and leadership.