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Beideman Visiting Scholars, Oskin Leadership Institute

The Oskin Leadership Institute Beideman Visiting Scholars Program brings distinguished scholars from outside institutions to spend time at Widener sharing their expertise and guiding faculty and student discussion and research. The Beideman Visiting Scholars program was established by Paul Beideman, current vice chair of Widener's Board of Trustees, along with his wife, Caroline, in 2011.

Maj. Heather PennyMaj. Heather "Lucky" Penney, 2018-2019

Maj. Heather “Lucky” Penney was part of the first wave of U.S. women who went directly into fighter planes from pilot training. Most widely recognized for her service on Sept. 11, 2001, Penney deployed that morning from Andrews Air Force Base in an F-16 fighter jet to bring down United Airlines flight 93. The nation was under attack and there was no time to load ammunition or missiles onto the jet, so her task was to use her own plane to find and bring down the hijacked commercial airliner. The plan to crash into the Boeing 757 was essentially a suicide mission. United flight 93 crashed on its own in Shanksville, Pa.

Rear Admiral Margaret "Peg" KleinRear Admiral (ret.) Margaret "Peg" Klein, Spring 2018

Rear Admiral (ret.) Margaret "Peg" Klein is dean of leadership and ethics at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She spent 35 years as a Navy officer, where she served as the secretary of defense's senior advisor for military professionalism, chief of staff for the U.S. Cyber Command, and director of worldwide operations for the Navy's Network Warfare Command. Klein commanded an American military force of five ships, 30 aircraft and more than 3,300 sailors and Marines in successful combat operations in the Mediterranean Sea. She also served as the 82nd commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Dr Peggy BarlettDr. Peggy F. Barlett, 2017-2018

Dr. Peggy F. Barlett is an early leader in sustainability in higher education. She is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology at Emory University and an award-winning specialist in agricultural anthropology and sustainability in higher education. She has led workshops on curriculum development for more than 500 campus leaders around the country. Barlett is co-editor of  Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation (MIT Press, 2013).

Leith SharpLeith Sharp, 2016-2017

Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University's Center for Health and Global Environment. Sharp has spent more than 20 years making sustainability a core focus in the business of higher education, after establishing one of the world's first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

CYNTHIA FIGUEROACynthia Figueroa, 2015-2016

Cynthia Figueroa began her tenure as president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos in January 2011, where she worked until August 2016. Figueroa has since joined Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration as commissioner for the Department of Human Services (DHS), where she served as deputy commissioner before coming on to Congreso. For six years prior to joining DHS, Figueroa served as the executive director of Women Against Abuse, the largest domestic violence agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Figueroa has a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

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Dr. Sean Hannah, 2014-15

Sean T. Hannah is currently the Tylee Wilson chair of business ethics and professor of management at Wake Forest University. He is an experienced practicing senior leader and a scholar whose theoretical and empirical work is published in the top journals in the management field. Recently retired from the U.S. Army, Dr. Hannah focuses on the study of character-based leader development, exemplary leadership and its positive effects, behavioral ethics, and the building of high-performing teams.

susan komivesDr. Susan Komives, 2013-14

Susan R. Komives is professor emerita in the student affairs program at the University of Maryland where she taught until 2012. She is a former past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and a former president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She served as vice president of two colleges and is the author of a dozen books or monographs including Student Services, Exploring Leadership, Leadership for A Better World, and the Handbook for Student Leadership Development

Mary Gentile imageDr. Mary Gentile, 2012-13

Mary Gentile is recognized internationally for her approach to values-based leadership, having taught the first required module on ethical decision-making at the Harvard Business School, where she was a member of the faculty for 10 years. She is currently director of Giving Voice to Values, a curriculum that is now being used in well over 140 institutions on six continents (including MIT, INSEAD, Columbia, and the Harvard Business School). Mary's research and approach to ethical decision-making has been featured in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, CFO Magazine and the Harvard Business Review. In 2010, Yale University Press published her book Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right.