Our Team, Oskin Leadership Institute

Dr. Arthur J. Schwartz

Arthur Schwartz

Dr. Arthur J. Schwartz  joined the Oskin Leadership Institute in September, 2011, as its executive director and professor of education.

He comes to the university from the United States Air Force Academy, where he was that institution’s Senior Scholar. Prior to his Air Force Academy appointment, Dr. Schwartz served fourteen years as a senior executive with the John Templeton Foundation, including six years as its Executive Vice President.

He is widely known for collaborating with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania in catalyzing the field of positive psychology, and he has also contributed to the field of character education, co-conceiving the idea for the award-winning National Schools of Character program, administered by the Character Education Partnership.

Previously, Dr. Schwartz served as a director of dropout prevention programs for the School District of Philadelphia. Since 1992, he has focused his research on adolescent moral development and his articles have appeared in the Harvard Educational ReviewJournal of Moral Education, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. Dr. Schwartz received his doctorate in moral education from Harvard University and he is currently a senior fellow at the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University. He and his wife, Victoria, have two children.

  • Dr. Schwartz recently edited and wrote the lead chapter for Developing Ethical Leadership, a Jossey-Bass publication. Click here to read his chapter on inspiring and equipping students to be ethical leaders.
  • Dr. Schwartz presented his research on the nature of courage during a recent President’s Invited Lecture. To download a published version of his talk, click here.
  • Each month Arthur Schwartz writes a monthly column for the Philadelphia Business Journal titled “The Ethical Workplace.


 Jon Peterson

Jon PetersonJon Peterson, associate director of the Oskin Institute, directs the Executive Leader Programs.

Mr. Peterson earned a master's degree in operations research from Kansas State University, and his baccalaureate degree in chemistry from Dickinson College. Upon graduation from Dickinson, Jon was commissioned as an Army Officer and served for 25 years in global assignments as a helicopter pilot unit commander, research analyst, and multi-national strategic planner.

Mr. Peterson's experience in higher education includes teaching military science at Princeton University and directing the eight-school ROTC program headquartered at Widener University, where he served as Professor of Military Science until his retirement from the Army in 2011.


 Deborah Amato

Deborah AmatoDeborah Amato serves as the institute’s administrative coordinator for our Leadership Certificate Program.

Ms. Amato graduated from Marist College with a baccalaureate degree in studio arts. She is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the leadership certificate program, from developing the schedule with the facilitating faculty/staff to helping students register.  She also inputs and troubleshoots each workshop in the university course management system.