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Higher Education Leadership (EdD)

Why Widener?

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Accomplished Faculty Focused on Your Success

Higher education doctoral program faculty hold doctoral degrees in higher education and are known for their mentoring, academic advising, dissertation service, and personal commitment to working with students to align coursework with career goals.

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Flexible Degree Options at Your Pace

The doctoral degree program is a flexible, part-time program designed for working professionals. The curriculum includes a mix of online, blended, accelerated, weekend, and on-campus coursework that can be completed at a pace that fits your lifestyle.













  • carolyn bortz
  • jeff kelly
  • matthew shupp
  • taddei
carolyn bortz

Carolyn Bortz


Widener provides a rich educational experience that combines traditional on-ground and hybridized courses. This promotes professional interaction on topics relevant to higher education in deeply rewarding ways.

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jeff kelly

Jeff Kelly


The issues in higher education are complex and we need more folks entering the profession who are going to help address these issues.

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matthew shupp

Matthew Shupp


Widener's EdD in Higher Education Leadership emerged as, by far, the most rigorous as well as cost effective choice. Within a few short months I was attending my first doctoral class and never looked back!

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Laura McLaughlin-Taddei


My coursework and program at Widener prepared me to hold a leadership position. And I have been able to integrate much of what I learned during my doctoral program into what I do on a daily basis. 

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Potential Careers

  • President
  • Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dean
  • Associate Dean
  • Faculty
  • Vice President/Dean of Student Affairs
  • Vice President, Institutional Advancement
  • Associate Vice President
  • Dean, Continuing Education
  • Chief Diversity Officer
  • Senior Director, Assessment/Institutional Effectiveness

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