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      New Provost Announced

      Dale Scalise-Smith Named New Provost

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      Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith

      Dale Dale Scalise-Smith will begin her new duties as provost in August.

      Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman has announced Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith will serve as the next provost of the university.

      Scalise-Smith, who currently serves as dean of the College of Health Professions at Northern Kentucky University, will begin her new position in August. As provost, she will be the chief academic officer across the university and a central figure in implementing the university's strategic plan. She will play a key role in Widener's continued evolution as a vibrant, thriving university that delivers high-quality academic programs across a diverse range of fields and platforms.

      As a dean at Northern Kentucky University, Scalise-Smith has served as the chief academic, financial and strategic operations administrator of the College of Health Professions since 2015. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years at Utica College in central New York, where she started as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. She moved up to serve as dean of the School of Health Professions and Education, followed by vice president of external programs and partnerships, and finally vice president of the School for Online & Extended Studies and External Partnerships. She began her academic career at Temple University in 1992 after spending 11 years working in physical therapy.

      "I am delighted to welcome Dr. Scalise-Smith to Widener," Wollman said. "Throughout her career she has been recognized as a strong and tireless team player, and a leader in her field and in the community. She has served in vital capacities at her previous institutions and is seen as someone who leads by example with hard work, passion and transparency. I know Widener will continue to achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, with the success of our students as the top priority, under her leadership."

      "It is an honor to join President Wollman and the Widener University administration," Scalise-Smith said. "Widener's commitment to high quality academic programs and learning experiences, taught by dedicated and caring faculty, aligns with my strong commitment and support for academic excellence and student success. I look forward to serving the students, faculty and administrators as we build on the university's vision for transformative learning and continued success as a school of first choice."

      Scalise-Smith holds a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University, a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Utica College. She and her husband, Christopher, have three children and two grandchildren.


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