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Widener Partnership Charter School gets new principal

Dr. Roy Wilson

Dr. Roy Wilson is chief executive officer and principal of the Widener Partnership Charter School.

The Widener Partnership Charter School Board of Trustees has named Roy T. Wilson, EdD, chief executive officer and principal of the school. Wilson, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, began his new position in July.

As CEO and principal, Wilson oversees the day-to-day operations of the kindergarten through eighth grade school. Widener launched the school in 2006 in partnership with community leaders and residents of Chester. It is Pennsylvania’s first university-based charter school and it takes a holistic approach to K-to-8 education, equipping the next generation with skills and resources to succeed.

Wilson was selected after a national search, with input from a committee of representatives from the university and the charter school, members of the Chester community, and school parents. He has 20 years of experience in education and has served as a principal in the North Brunswick Public Schools and Newark Public Schools in New Jersey. He also served as an assistant superintendent in the Trenton Public Schools, where he began his career as a third-grade teacher.

Wilson received his doctorate in educational leadership from the College of St. Elizabeth, a master’s degree in educational leadership from The College of New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grambling State University.

 “One of the many reasons I was attracted to the Widener Partnership Charter School was the ability to work at the intersection of the school, the university, and the community,” Wilson said. “I see many outstanding opportunities for WPCS students and for Widener students to engage and learn from each other.”

 “We are excited to welcome Dr. Wilson to the Widener Partnership Charter School,” said Robin Dole, dean of the School of Human Service Professions and chair of the Widener Partnership Charter School Board. “Widener is deeply committed to providing quality education at all levels to students in Chester, and to preparing our youngest students to be successful, lifelong learners. Dr. Wilson’s breadth of experience and his passion for education make him a great fit for this important leadership role.”

The Widener Partnership Charter School approach to education emphasizes a low student-to-teacher ratio, the social and emotional development of each student, a close partnership with parents and caregivers, and the inclusion of music, art, physical and health education and foreign language instruction as integral parts of the curriculum. In addition, Widener Partnership Charter School alumni who meet Widener University admission criteria during their high school years are eligible for grants of $100,000 over four years to pursue an undergraduate education full time at Widener.

The university-charter school partnership also benefits the younger learners through use of Widener’s Wolfgram Memorial Library, and resources available through the Center for Education, Center for Social Work Education, and the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. Widener also encourages charter school students to use university facilities such as the Art Gallery and the Science Teaching Center.

“Widener University is committed to enhancing education at all levels in our community,” Widener President Julie E. Wollman said. “Dr. Wilson has spent his first weeks not only getting to know the charter school, but the community surrounding it – by driving Chester streets and walking city sidewalks, all in addition to his time at the school. He has a deep respect for community-based education and I know the charter school students and their families will be positively impacted by his leadership.”

Download Wilson’s head shot 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, http://www.widener.edu/

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