• Office of Admissions

    • Muller Hall
    • tel: 888-WIDENER
    • fax: 610-499-4676

Meet the Admissions Staff

Courtney Kelly, Executive Director of Admissions

Courtney Kelly


I joined the undergraduate admissions team at Widener University in September 2005, bringing with me five years of prior professional admissions experience. Every day, I am fortunate to witness Widener student success as a result of the University’s commitment to students. The combination of personal attention, academic excellence, and experiential learning transforms students and leads to remarkable outcomes.

In my role as an admissions professional, I enjoy counseling prospective students through the college search process and helping them to determine if Widener University will be a place where they can be a successful college student.


Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania


  • MEd, Counselor Education, Widener University, 2009
  • BA, Corporate Communications, Susquehanna University, 2000

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

I work with recruitment and enrollment initiatives of all freshmen, transfer, international and graduate students. I provide supportive leadership to a very talented and dedicated Admissions team, that keeps student success at the core of our goals and daily work.

Jason Britton, Director of Admissions

Freshman Admissions

Jason Britton


I joined the Widener team in the summer of 2005. Over the years, Widener has grown and expanded to include more programs and opportunities to suit a changing marketplace.  

Having the opportunity to work with students, staff, faculty, and other members of the Widener community keeps me informed about the latest interests and trends of today's college student. I look forward to seeing you on campus!


New Freedom, Pennsylvania


  • EdD, Higher Education Administration, Widener University, 2012
  • MEd, Communication Studies, West Chester University, 2001
  • BA, Marketing, West Chester University, 1999

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

Chester County, PA (select schools).  I work with any and all students interested in taking the next step in the Widener admissions process.

Kate Akyuz, Director of International Admissions

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I became part of Widener’s admissions team in the Spring of 2017, with 12 years of professional experience in international higher education. Widener University offers many high quality, academic programs that are very attractive to many international students.

I love the welcoming feeling when I walk around campus and I am greeted with a friendly smile by current students, faculty, and staff. Choose Widener University to earn your degree for the full American college experience: from experiential learning, approachable faculty, civic engagement, to making life-long friends from around the globe.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • MBA, La Salle University, 2005
  • MA, Bilingual/Bicultural Studies, La Salle University, 2002
  • BA, Spanish, La Salle University, 1999

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

My territory is the world! I enjoy working closely with all international students - whether you are a first-year, transfer or graduate student – contact me to assist you through any step of the admissions process. 

Asia Coordination Office

Agent relationships and Undergraduate and Graduate student applications from the Asian region are handled by Widener University’s Asia Coordination Office.

Widener University – Asia Coordination Office

CREO Learning
D-303, Choice Arcade,
Dhole Patil Road, Pune-411001, India.
T: +91 98220 28200
E : widener@creolearning.com


Crina Drayer, Associate Director of Transfer Admissions

Transfer Admissions

Crina Drayer


I became part of Widener’s admissions team in the summer of 2016, with more than 9 years of professional experience in higher education, in both private and public sectors.  Widener fosters a welcoming atmosphere with a strong focus on student success.  Once you visit the beautiful campus and you learn about all the wonderful opportunities it has to offer, you come to realize that choosing Widener is the natural thing to do. 


Bistrita, Romania


  • MEd, Higher Education Administration, Temple University, 2012
  • BA, Geography and English Language and Literature, Babes Balyai University, RO, 1999

Geographic / Other Responsibilities 

I manage recruitment and enrollment of transfer students.  I am also the liaison with the community colleges in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Lauren Haley, Associate Director of Admissions

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I attended Widener as an undergraduate student, and enjoyed it so much that I began working in the Admissions Office after graduation. Years later, I'm still here because of the friendly atmosphere at Widener and that close-knit community feel that is so great to find in a university. It's a small school with all of the opportunities of a larger one. In 2009, I graduated from Widener again by earning my master's degree in educational counseling.


Middletown, Pennsylvania 


  • MEd, Educational Counseling, Widener University, 2009
  • BS, Marketing Management, Widener University, 2002

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

Atlantic and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey. Widener Day and Accepted Student Day Coordinator. Travel coordinator. Liaison with the School of Engineering.

Laura Strickland, Assistant Director of Multicultural Admissions

Laura Strickland


I joined the Admissions team here at Widener University in the fall of 2014 coming with more than 5 years of experience in higher education. I understand the importance of mastering my own performance in order to have a positive impact on each individual student throughout their educational journey and beyond. My previous experiences as a student of color who attended diverse institutions gives me a genuine connection with today's underrepresented student populations ensuring that the necessary guidance, tools, and resources to be successful are available. 

Widener's strong commitment to diversity makes my role as Multicultural Recruiter all the more meaningful and rewarding.


East Orange, New Jersey


  • MS, Higher Education- Specializing in Leadership for Student Success, Walden University, 2013
  • BA, English, Kutztown University, 2006

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

Philadelphia, Delaware County, and public schools within the state of Delaware. Admissions liaison with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, School of Nursing, Student Life, and the PSC/Bonner program.

David J. Adams, Assistant Director of Admissions, Mid-Atlantic

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It is my pleasure to be a part of Widener University admissions. I look forward to working with you and your family to discover all the amazing things that make Widener great. I joined the team with more than 20 years of experience in higher education, in both private and public colleges. Widener is a student-centered university that focuses on student success through learning experiences both inside and outside our classrooms.  I know once you visit campus you will love Widener just as much as I do. I look forward to meeting you soon. 


Virginia Beach, Virginia


  • MA, Human Sciences, Hood College, 2014
  • BA, History, Old Dominion University, 1997

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

I am regionally based and work out of my home most of the time. I am on campus the second and fourth Monday of each month. I manage the recruitment and enrollment of students from Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. I am also available to schools across the region for presentations and panels, and can speak on topics such as the college search process, college admissions, writing a great college essay, and financial aid.

Stephen Fediuk, Assistant Director of Admissions

Stephen Fediuk


I joined the undergraduate admissions team at Widener University in July 2017 coming with 3 years of experience in higher education. Widener's personalized approached to academics, leadership, civic engagement and social opportunities help mold the student-centered University that Widener is today. I invite you to campus to check out everything Widener has to offer!


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • BA, Psychology, Holy Family University, 2014

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

New York and Central and North Jersey. I also serve as the as the admissions liaison for the Exploratory Studies program, Academic Support, Career Services/Co-Op and Oskin Leadership.

Ryan Mignone, Assistant Director of Admissions

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I joined the Widener team in the fall of 2015. I encourage you to browse our website and check out the wonderful opportunities at Widener. With more than 60 majors to choose from and over 80 clubs and organizations to join, there’s something for everyone. Fun fact – Widener is home to an observatory with a telescope. During the fall and spring semesters public telescope viewing sessions are offered every Monday at twilight and star-gazing the first Friday evening of the month.


Voorhees, New Jersey


  • MEd, School Counseling, Wilmington University, 2012
  • BA, History/Journalism, University of Delaware, 2004

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

Burlington, Camden, Salem, Cumberland and Cape May Counties in New Jersey and private schools within New Castle County in Delaware.  Liaison to the School of Human Service Professions (Pre-Physical Therapy), the Center for Education, and the Sciences. 

Sagar Patel, Assistant Director of Admissions

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I joined the undergraduate admissions team at Widener University in November 2016. Having graduated from Widener University, I strongly believe that Widener's personal approach to education is one where a student will thrive both in and out of the classroom. Widener offers many opportunities to succeed not only in the classroom but outside as well. With over 80 clubs and organizations to join, there is something for everyone. Hope to see you on campus!


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • BA, Psychology, Widener University, 2016

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

The Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, Long Island, North New Jersey, and  parts of Central New Jersey. . Admissions liaison with the Humanities and Social Sciences departments.

Logan Duffie, Assistant Director of Admissions

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I joined the undergraduate admissions team at Widener University in October 2016, bringing with me five years of prior professional admissions experience. As a proud graduate of Ursinus College, I have developed a true appreciation for the small, tight-knit community, and Widener certainly fits that mold. Widener's dedication to access, civic engagement, and leadership is what makes Widener such a special place!


Media, Pennsylvania


  • BA, Business and Economics, Ursinus College, 2011

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

Montgomery, Chester, Lancaster Counties in PA as well as select counties in Central PA. I also serve as the as the admissions liaison for the Center for Hospitality Management, Exploratory Studies program, and Athletic Department.

Rahel Teklegiorgis, System Administrator

Rahel Teklegiorgis



I find great satisfaction from helping students align their talents with a profession they'll love.  Widener prepares students to become industry leaders. I'm very proud to be a part of the Widener Pride and assist students as they prepare for successful and gratifying careers!


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • MS, User Experience and Interaction Design, Philadelphia University, 2016
  • BA, Corporate Communications, Penn State University, 2010

Geographic / Other Responsibilities

I oversee the system operations for the Admissions team. This includes our student database and online application.

Chris May, Systems Coordinator

Chris May



I began my career with Widener in the spring of 1997. As I look back I am amazed to see the changes that have taken place over the years not only with the beautification of the campus itself but also the academic and community service side as well.




Chester Township, Pennsylvania


BA, Liberal Arts, Widener University, 2013 

Mary Rondolone

Mary Rondolone, Freshman Admissions

Wanita Cox

Wanita Cox, Freshman Admissions

Jackie Young

Jackie Young, International Admissions

Pat Heckman

Pat Heckman, Transfer Student Admissions

Mary Mercado

Mary Mercado, Receptionist