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Chief of Staff Named in Office of the President


Katie Herschede, Ed.D. is chief of staff in the Office of the President.

Widener University President Julie E. Wollman has appointed Katie Herschede, Ed.D. as chief of staff in the Office of the President. She comes to Widener from Northern Kentucky University, a metropolitan university like Widener, where she most recently served as executive assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Regents.

As chief of staff for the Office of the President at Widener, Herschede will work directly with President Wollman on a wide range of strategic initiatives and will be a member of the President’s Leadership Team. She will be responsible for directing the operations of the Office of the President, represent the interests of the president to various internal and external constituencies, and work directly with the Board of Trustees. 

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Herschede to Widener,” President Wollman said. “Her experience and outstanding knowledge of higher education will be a valuable asset to the Office of the President and the university as a whole as we strengthen Widener’s position as a national leader in civic engagement, leadership development and the integration of high impact educational practices.”

Prior to her most recent role at Northern Kentucky University, Herschede served as assistant director and later director of government and community relations at the university from 2006 to 2010.

“I am delighted to join President Wollman and the outstanding students, faculty, staff and Trustees at Widener,” Herschede said. “I look forward to helping implement the university’s strategic vision and goals.”

Herschede received her doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Kentucky University, her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northern Kentucky University.

Her head shot is available for download here.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, 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’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be tobacco free. Visit the university website,