Widener Appoints Five New Trustees
The Widener University Board of Trustees recently named five new members to its ranks
including senior officials at Wawa, Kimberly-Clark, Deloitte Consulting, Preferred
Sands, and a senior nursing student who will serve as the student trustee.
The Board of Trustees is charged with ensuring that Widener upholds its mission as a metropolitan university, serves as a bridge between the university and society and holds in trust the intellectual, physical and financial assets of the institution.
Antoinette Leatherberry, a principal at Deloitte Consulting, LLP; Miguel O. Peña, a principal and senior vice president for Preferred Sands, LLC; Catherine T. Pulos, chief senior vice president, chief people officer, and chief financial officer for Wawa, Inc., Suzanne M. Sears, vice president of global diversity and inclusion for Kimberly-Clark Corporation; and Jessica M. Borders, a senior nursing major from Wallingford, Pa., were elected to the board at its May meeting.
“We are pleased to welcome such highly qualified members to an already strong Board of Trustees,” said Widener President James T. Harris III. “We look forward to their service and wise counsel to the board as Widener embarks on a new strategic plan, Vision 2021, that will guide the university into its third century of service.”
Leatherberry has consulted for more than 21 years primarily in the manufacturing and retail sectors. A recognized leader in the industry, she was named one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Women in Business, one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Corporate America, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. She has received similar recognition from Forbes Magazine, Consulting Magazine, Computerworld Magazine, Diversity MBA Magazine and Diversity News Journal.
Peña graduated from Widener with a bachelor’s in business administration in 1999 and again with a master’s in business administration in 2013. He joined Preferred Real Estate Investments in 2002 as a sales associate and managed and closed transactions totaling more than $500 million. After working on the team who helped divest the majority of the company’s asset portfolio, he was named executive vice president of sales in 2007 at the newly formed Preferred Sands, LLC, a mining and oilfield technologies and investment company based in Radnor, Pa. In 2009, he became a principal and senior vice president and leads the company’s business development globally as part of the oil and natural gas investments division. He served on the Widener School of Business Administration Advisory Board, and has been an alumni mentor since 2004.
Pulos, a 1984 graduate of Widener, has been with Wawa, Inc. for 15 years. She has more than 30 years of financial and human resources management experience. Most recently, she served as a director on the board of director of the Wawa Associates in Need Fund. In the past, she served Wawa as the vice president of fuel, controller and director of internal audit. Pulos has served on the Widener School of Business Administration Advisory Board since 2008 and is a recipient of the Distinguished Accounting Alumni Award.
Sears, a global marketing professional with more than 25 years in the paper products industry, has been with Kimberly-Clark Corporation since 2002 and has served in various marketing and sales leadership positions, most recently as vice president of global diversity and inclusion. In 2014, she was named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council, and currently serves as a director-at-large for the Network of Executive Women and was just elected chair of the Education Committee. She is a member of the Widener School of Business Administration Advisory Board as well as the Marketing Advisory Board at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Borders was appointed the student trustee for the 2015-2016 academic year. The appointment recognizes her role as a student leader at the university and her ability to address university issues from a student perspective. A member of the Presidential Service Corp/Bonner Leader Program, Borders serves as a student assistant to the Office of the President at Widener and as a pride ambassador for the Office of Admissions. She served as the lead coordinator for the Widener Relay for Life and as director of recruitment for the Widener Student Government Association.
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 comprises 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 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.