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Widener University announces new director for the Oskin Leadership Institute

Hal Shorey

Hal Shorey is the new director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

Widener University is pleased to announce the appointment of Hal Shorey as director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

Shorey joined the faculty of Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology in fall 2008, where he teaches courses on leadership development and organizational psychology. He also directs the psychology and business joint degree program (PsyD/MBA) and Organizational Development Services, a Widener unit that provides executive coaching services both on and off Widener’s campuses.

As director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, Shorey will lead one of Widener’s most important programs, which seeks to extend the university’s long and noble tradition of inspiring students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world. Shorey will work to establish the institute as a national model for leadership development from college to career, and for working professionals. 

The institute provides opportunities for Widener undergraduates, majoring in any discipline, to earn leadership certificates or minor in leadership studies. Shorey will lead the continued success of those programs, as well as advance the development and success of Widener’s graduate students and promote scholarship on best practices in leadership development. He will also expand the institute’s scope in providing state-of-the-art leadership and organizational development services to the business sector and both private and public institutions. 

“Leadership is all about how we influence others, with intent, to move and grow in positive directions that benefit the individual, groups, and larger society,” Shorey said. “We all influence each other. We all lead. The trick is to do it with purpose and in ways that work.” 

The Oskin Leadership Institute was created in 2011 through a generous pledge from the late David Oskin and his wife JoEllen. David Oskin formerly served as chair of Widener’s Board of Trustees. The institute provides world-class leadership opportunities that encourage Widener students to lead outside of their comfort zones. It also engages with regional leaders in business and civic organizations, as well as the next generation of leaders within local high schools.

Shorey replaces Arthur Schwartz, who is moving to the full-time faculty.

“Hal Shorey is an outstanding choice to lead the institute into the future,” said Widener University Provost Fred Akl. “Employers want to know the people they hire are able to lead, have strong ethical backgrounds, and know how to work effectively in teams. Hal’s research background in leadership development and organizational psychology make him the ideal candidate to direct the institute and develop those skills in our students. His work will give them an edge when they begin their careers.”

Shorey earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas. He did a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

He lives in Swarthmore. Download his headshot 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 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,