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Widener Names First Beideman Visiting Scholar


Chester, Pa.--Dr. Mary C. Gentile, a pioneer in the field of values-driven leadership, has been appointed the first Beideman Visiting Scholar for the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University.

Gentile, a senior research scholar at Babson College in Massachusetts, is director of Giving Voice to Values, a business curriculum launched by Aspen Institute and the Yale School of Management now based and funded at Babson. Gentile's pioneering approach to values-driven leadership development that has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and BizEd, and is being piloted in more than 250 business schools and organizations globally.

As an independent consultant, Gentile works with corporate, non-profit and academic institutions on leadership development, social impact management, ethics, business education and diversity. Clients include Columbia University Business School, Harvard Business School, Pfizer Corporation, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley among others.

As the Beideman Visiting Scholar, Dr. Gentile will work with students, faculty and administration in the Widener School of Business Administration during the month of September focusing on the Giving Voice to Values curriculum, and will return to campus during the spring semester to work with student leaders throughout the university.

"On behalf of Paul and Caroline Beideman, the Oskin Leadership Institute is excited to welcome Dr. Mary Gentile to campus," said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute. "Her approach to empowering students to 'live their values' is nothing short of inspiring and perfectly aligns with the Institute's commitment to deepening humanity's understanding and practice of moral courage."

Paul Beideman, who received a master's degree in finance from Widener in 1979, and his wife, Caroline, made a $500,000 commitment to Widener to establish the Beideman Visiting Scholar program within the Oskin Leadership Institute. Through their gift, distinguished scholars from outside institutions spend time at Widener sharing their expertise and guiding faculty and student discussion and research.

Prior to his retirement, Beideman served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Associated Banc-Corp, a bank holding company with 300 offices, 5,200 employees, and total assets of $24 billion. He continues to be involved in several charitable organizations and also shares his knowledge and expertise with Widener as a member of the Board of Trustees.

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

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington, DE, serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university's website,, for more information.