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Widener trustee honored with outstanding director award

Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman and Board of Trustees Vice Chair Paul Beideman

Board of Trustees Vice Chair Paul Beideman, pictured with Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman, has received an outstanding director award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.


Widener University congratulates Paul Beideman ’79, vice chair of the university Board of Trustees, on receiving an Outstanding Director Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The awards program honors corporate and nonprofit board directors whose service to their boards has demonstrated vital leadership and business savvy, and has helped guide their businesses’ successes. Beideman is vice chair of the Widener Board of Trustees, chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the advisory board of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

Beideman is the retired chairman and CEO of Associated Banc Corp., and he currently serves as president of the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia.  He has drawn on his professional expertise to provide sound financial and operational advice to university leadership. Beideman and his wife, Caroline, made a generous planned gift for endowment to the university that provided for the creation of the Beideman Visiting Scholar Fund for the Oskin Institute. He has also provided financial support to the highly successful Philadelphia Speaker Series, presented by Widener.

Beideman chaired the university’s presidential search committee in 2015, which ended with the announcement of Dr. Julie E. Wollman as Widener University’s tenth president. Her selection as Widener’s first female leader was groundbreaking.

“Paul Beideman is a tremendous asset to our Board of Trustees. I deeply value his counsel and support and recognize the unbridled enthusiasm he brings to his role,” Wollman said. “I congratulate him on this honor. It is well deserved.”

A photo of Wollman and Beideman is available here for download.

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,