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Julie Dietrich Named Director of Government Relations for Widener

Julie Dietrich has been named director of government relations for Widener University, serving as the university’s primary liaison with local, state and federal governments for all four of Widener’s campuses in Chester, Pa., Exton, Pa., Harrisburg, Pa. and Wilmington, Del.
As director of government relations, Dietrich will cultivate and sustain relationships with elected officials and their offices and serve as an advisor to the university's president on public policy and legislation. She will also serve as the university's liaison for the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative with the city of Chester and advise the institution's administrators, faculty members and students regarding topics pertinent to higher education and inform advocacy efforts that align with the university's mission and strategic plan. Additionally, she will serve on the university's Senior Leadership Team.

"We are very fortunate to have Julie serving on Widener's behalf," said Widener President James T. Harris III. "She possesses strong critical thinking and sound decision making stills and performs her responsibilities with admirable respect and tact, which makes her ideal for this role. She has consistently been an invaluable advocate of our mission and continues to work diligently to that end."

Dietrich has served Widener in various roles since joining the university in 2006 including grant writer, senior writer, and most recently, director of special projects and initiatives. With her most recent role as a foundation, she will further develop and enhance partnerships with elected officials to identify mutual areas of interest and opportunities to leverage support for institutional priorities consistent with Widener's mission of civic engagement.

Dietrich graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and earned a master's degree in philosophy from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a doctoral student in the higher education leadership program at Widener and continues to teach philosophy as an adjunct faculty member.

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, 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, Del., serve some 6,500 students. Visit the university website,