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Widener University Announces New Associate Provost

Kim C. O'Halloran

Widener University is pleased to announce Kim C. O’Halloran has joined the administration as associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies and Extended Learning.

She will oversee the development and implementation of graduate programs, including ensuring programs are structured and delivered for student success. O’Halloran will also oversee the Center for Extended Learning, which includes all online degree programs at the university; associate and baccalaureate programs for working adults; and lifelong learning opportunities for older adults.

O’Halloran comes to Widener with 25 years of experience working in higher education, including posts at Rutgers University, Cornell University, New York University, and most recently Montclair State University, where she served as associate dean of the college of Education and Human Services, and associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership.

“I am grateful to join Widener University at such an exciting time in the institution’s history,” O’Halloran said. “I look forward to partnering with faculty and staff to further develop our graduate and extended learning programs and to ensure a high-quality academic experience for all students.”

Her research has focused on academic and student affairs collaboration in higher education and the factors that impact persistence and success for non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students.

O’Halloran has a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University and a PhD in higher education administration from New York University. She is an active member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), where she co-founded the national knowledge community on Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs.

She lives in Swarthmore, Pa. and began her work at Widener on June 1.

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, 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, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,