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      Welcoming New Deans

      Widener Names New Deans for School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences

      New Deans

      Widener University welcomes Dr. Huey-Shys Chen as dean of the School of Nursing and Dr. David E. Leaman as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

      Widener University has named Dr. Huey-Shys Chen as dean of the School of Nursing and Dr. David E. Leaman as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

      Chen comes to Widener from the University of Toledo where she most recently served as associate dean of research and scholarship, while Leaman comes from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he has been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2014.

      President Julie E. Wollman said she was delighted to welcome Dr. Chen and Dr. Leaman to Widener University. Both will assume their new positions on July 1, 2018.

      "Dr. Chen and Dr. Leaman have strong backgrounds and extensive experiences that make them excellent choices to lead the School of Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences," Wollman said. "They are dedicated, proven leaders who will enhance the Widener community and further our strong commitment to academic excellence, student engagement, diversity and global perspectives and career preparation."

      Dr. Huey-Shys Chen

      Throughout her career, Chen has been a champion of student success and academic program development. Her commitment to the development of high-impact programs has provided nursing students with the experiences and tools they need to succeed in the field. Similarly, Chen is an advocate for international learning opportunities. She has spearheaded partnerships with international universities and created short- and long-term exchange programs for faculty and students.

      "I am honored to join the Widener community as dean of the School of Nursing," Chen said. "I believe my professional values perfectly align with those ingrained in both the nursing program and throughout the university. I look forward to working with the dedicated administration, faculty and staff to build upon the school's strong foundation as a leader in nursing education and research. Teaching the next generation of nursing professionals is my passion and I am excited to continue fulfilling it at Widener."

      Dr. David E. Leaman

      While at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Leaman was responsible for the supervision of 26 departments and programs and approximately 300 faculty and staff. On top of his experience in higher education leadership, Leaman brings to Widener impressive international teaching and research experience. He has extensive experience in the politics of globalization and comparative politics, having lived, traveled and studied throughout the world, particularly in Latin America.

      He also has taught and researched in the areas of the politics of human security, American government and policies, post-authoritarian and post-conflict politics, and theories of democratization.

      "I am delighted to join the Widener team as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences," Leaman said. "I was impressed by how faculty and students at Widener University embrace the values of civic engagement and applied learning. I want to support Widener students as they pursue global learning experiences, faculty-student collaborative research, hands-on internships and co-ops, and leadership opportunities because these are the types of experiences that changed my life as an undergraduate. Finally, I look forward to working with Widener's excellent, creative and dedicated Arts and Sciences faculty."

      Learn more about the new deans in a news release.


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