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Widener Partnership Charter School Begins Search for New Principal/CEO

Widener Partnership Charter School

The Widener Partnership Charter School is beginning the search for a new leader.

The Widener Partnership Charter School is launching a search for a new principal/CEO. April Thomas has stepped down from her role as president/CEO at WPCS effective at the end of the current school year, on June 30, 2018.

“April has demonstrated a strong commitment to making a difference in the lives of our students,” said Shawn Fitzgerald, PhD, chair of the Widener Partnership Charter School Board and professor and associate dean for the Widener University Center for Education. “We all thank her for her excellent service to this school and the students and families of Chester.”

The school is working with WPCS board members, faculty, staff, parents, students, and community members to gain input on securing a leader to further the mission and success of the Widener Partnership Charter School.

Community members with questions or comments are encouraged to submit their feedback to

Widener Partnership Charter School is Pennsylvania’s first university-based charter school. Established in 2006 as a partnership between Widener University and Chester community leaders and residents, WPCS takes a holistic, well-rounded approach to K-8 education, equipping the next generation with skills and resources to succeed.

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,