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Raport and Anderson Recognized at 2015 Eckard Awards

Kevin Raport of Aston, Pa., chief of Campus Safety for both Law School Campuses, and Joann Anderson of Wallingford, Pa., administrative assistant to the Provost, were awarded the William David Eckard Jr. Award for Distinguished Servicein recognition of their hard work and longtime commitment to the university.

The Eckard Award was established by William David Eckard III, longtime vice president of administration and finance at Widener University and a 1966 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College. He created the award, a $3,000 cash grant, in memory of his father to help promote and reward excellence at Widener. Recipients must work for Widener on a full-time basis for at least 10 years and consistently demonstrate an outstanding level of service.

Raport has served Widener for nearly 15 years, starting as a campus safety officer. He was soon promoted to Corporal status, while he obtained his master’s in criminal justice from Widener. In 2005, Raport was appointed assistant director of campus safety on the Main Campus. In 2012, he was promoted to his current role of chief of campus Safety for the School of Law.

"During my time with Widener, I’ve had the privilege of working with so many great people over the years that I’m grateful to even be considered for this award,” Raport said.

In recognizing Raport, Widener University President James T. Harris III said that he excelled in his position because of his welcoming management style. “Raport is often seen patrolling the Delaware Campus demonstrating his hands on leadership approach to campus safety,” Harris said. “He is known for being collaborative with all other offices on all campuses needing assistance. He is perceived as a leader and go to person by his colleagues.”

Raport, who was in complete shock, is looking forward to saving some of the award for an upcoming trip to Disney World with his family.

Anderson has served Widener for 24 years, starting as an assistant to the associate dean in the Center for Education. She was promoted to administrative assistant for the dean of the School of Human Service Professions. In 2001, she was appointed to her current position as administrative assistant to the Provost.

According to Anderson, Widener is a great place to work. “I love it here. I've had a wonderful career at Widener, and it's because of the great people I work with each day. There is a great sense of community here," she said. 

In recognizing Anderson, Widener University President James T. Harris III said Anderson was an invaluable resource to faculty, staff, and students. Anderson’s job is dynamic and varies from day-to-day tasks, faculty responsibilities, and recently a number of dean searches. “Anderson somehow finds a way to get it all accomplished and does it all very well,” Harris said. “She works extremely hard and is genuinely happy to assist anyone who needs help. She is a wealth of knowledge and a go-to person for many.”

Anderson, who has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of congratulatory messages, is looking forward to saving some of the award for an upcoming trip to Italy with her husband Ron.  

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, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university’s website,