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Widener University president named to Global Philadelphia Association Board of Directors

Global Philadelphia Association


Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Global Philadelphia Association.

The association, founded in 2010 by nine of the leading international organizations in the greater Philadelphia region, works to enhance the region’s global profile, promote development of an international consciousness within the region, and encourage greater interaction among the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activities within the region. It focuses primarily on community development, world heritage, economic development, international relationships and communication.

As a member of the Board of Directors, Wollman will assist in promoting, guiding and supporting the work and mission of the nonprofit organization. The position complements her work at Widener, where she has made clear a commitment to securing the financial support necessary for every Widener undergraduate to have an international experience.

“I am delighted to take a seat on the board of this vibrant and important association,” she said. “At Widener, our mission includes preparing our students to become global citizens. That may be through semester-long or short-term study abroad opportunities, global connections made possible through classroom technologies, or experiential learning opportunities right here in our region that allow students to apply their knowledge to the world around them at home or across the globe. I know these kinds of experiences build awareness and skills that are vital for our graduates’ success so I am pleased to take on this new leadership role in advancing the region’s global profile and reach.”

Among many study abroad opportunities, Widener offers global travel experiences in Chongquing, China, where the university has an 11-year relationship with Chongqing Technology and Business University that provides opportunities for Widener students to spend nearly a month studying Chinese culture and history each spring. CTBU sends students to Widener each fall semester. Widener also has a long-standing exchange with the University of Greifswald in northern Germany, where students attend a summer session while German students study in Chester. And in recent years, Widener has sent faculty and students to Zamorano University in Honduras, to participate in classes and engage in volunteer activities at the local Allison Bixby Stone School and the REMAR orphanage. 

In addition, Widener has a new agreement with a partner university, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, Netherlands, one of the country’s top universities for applied sciences. Widener students attended an honors conference there this summer and competed in exercises with honor program students from throughout the European Union. Windesheim students will arrive on the Chester campus in spring 2018.

Widener also launched an immersion experience for incoming freshmen, who traveled to Costa Rica this August to study sustainability and community health before they had even moved into their residence halls on campus. Widener purchased the Costa Rican property in 2016 to provide more global opportunities for students, and the freshmen immersion experience adds to the frequent pace of student travel between Chester and Costa Rica.

“Widener’s work to promote global education really complements the work of the Global Philadelphia Association,” Wollman added. “I am so pleased to be part of an organization that celebrates and values these kinds of opportunities.”

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 seven 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,