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Widener University names new vice president for advancement

Terry Travis

Terry Travis is the new vice president for University Advancement.

Widener University President Julie E. Wollman has named Theresa Travis of Philadelphia as the university’s next vice president for University Advancement. Travis comes to Widener after serving as senior associate vice president for Development and Alumni Relations at Saint Joseph’s University.

In her new role at Widener, Travis will lead the University Advancement team comprised of roughly 35 Development, Alumni Engagement and University Relations professionals. Her work will be dedicated to strengthening relationships with Widener and Pennsylvania Military College alumni, raising funds to advance the university’s mission and vision, and communicating Widener’s commitment to excellence through its marketing and its internal and external storytelling channels.

A native of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Travis holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance and a master’s degree in education from La Salle University, and a project management certificate from Saint Joseph’s University. In addition to her work at Saint Joseph’s, Travis has also served as assistant vice president for development at La Salle University, and senior director of development at Villanova University.

“I am very excited to welcome Terry to Widener,” said President Julie E. Wollman. “She has the expertise, experience and record of success that make her a great choice for this position. She will be a terrific ambassador to our alumni, and will help us advance the university as we give students an undeniable edge in their pursuit of successful careers.”

Travis said she is looking forward to the new position, which she began July 9.

“I am delighted to join the Widener community and value its diversity and excellent academic reputation. As a passionate believer in the transformative power of higher education, I am inspired by Dr. Wollman’s vision for Widener’s future and attracted to the university’s commitment to the students it serves. After meeting some of our alumni, I understand why the “Pride” are so aptly named,” Travis said.

Travis replaces Linda Durant, who departed the university this spring for a position at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE.

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,