Pizer, Williams Named Tilelli Leadership Fellows

Two Widener University graduate students have been selected as recipients of the General and Mrs. John H. Tilelli Leadership Fellowship. Part of the Oskin Leadership Institute, the fellowship is awarded annually to select graduate students whose scholarly research will contribute to the university's enduring commitment to developing strategic leaders and responsible citizens.

Ari Pizer of Philadelphia, a student in the joint clinical psychology doctorate and master's of business administration programs, is conducting research on leadership within systems thinking and connected, socially networked perspectives.

Adrienne Williams of Philadelphia, who is pursuing a dual master's in social work and human sexuality education, is conducting research on leadership within the context of gender.

Both students are also contributing reviews of books on leadership and entries for the Oskin Leadership Institute's A-Z Leadership Styles directory.

The fellowship was established by Tilelli, a member of the class of 1963, with a $225,000 pledge in 2007. He is a retired four-star general who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and commanded the 1st Cavalry Division during the 1991 Gulf War.

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 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 more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website, www.widener.edu.

 

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