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Widener Receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award

Free access to a full-service gymnasium and recreational activities for faculty and staff is just one reason Widener was recognized by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Widener University has received national recognition for its community engagement initiatives. Now, it has been recognized as one of the most psychologically healthy places to work in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association presented Widener with the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at its annual convention on June 18 in Harrisburg, Pa. The award is presented annually to select organizations based on employee involvement, work-life balance, employee growth and development, employee recognition, and health and safety, according to Dr. David Mulligan, chairman of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Business and Psychology Partnership Committee.

“Widener University was rated positive in all five areas and very positive in three areas,” Mulligan said. “However, I feel it was the energy and enthusiasm of Widener employees that really made the difference.”

Widener was recognized for their wellness days where all faculty, staff and students come together to work on stress management, well-being, and work-life/home-life balance. In addition, all faculty and staff have free access to a full-service gymnasium and recreational activities. Many employees operate on flexible work schedules and all employees are regularly offered personal development activities including the opportunity for full-time employees to take classes and earn a college degree tuition free.

According to Widener President James T. Harris III, the university’s civic mission also provides regular opportunities for employee involvement in community service activities which provides an evening higher level of psychological well-being for employees.

“This award is particularly gratifying because Widener strives to be an employer of first choice,” Harris said. “We not only provide opportunities for employees to improve themselves physically, mentally and emotionally, we also empower them to provide members of the communities we serve with similar opportunities through community service and civic engagement.”    

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,