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      A Strong Legacy

      Senior Vice President Linda Durant Honored as she Leaves Widener

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      Linda Durant

      Widener University President Julie E. Wollman says Senior Vice President Linda Durant exemplifies the spirit of Widener pride.

      After 15 years of service to Widener University, Linda Durant is leaving to further her career as the founding vice president for development at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), headquartered in Washington, D.C.

      Durant served the university as senior vice president for Advancement, overseeing alumni engagement and development, university relations, and government relations. She directed several successful marketing campaigns and led the development of effective communication and social media strategies for the university.

      "Linda has exemplified the spirit of Widener pride and she will leave a strong positive legacy when she departs at the end of January," said President Julie E. Wollman. "She is a highly respected, exceptionally professional, deeply thoughtful, and beloved colleague who will be missed."

      Durant's role was pivotal as the guiding force behind the university's fundraising efforts. She was at the helm of Widener's most recent and most successful comprehensive campaign, Taking the Lead ~ The Campaign for Widener, which surpassed its $58 million goal to raise over $64 million.

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      Farewell Reception

      Staff, faculty and trustees honor Senior Vice President Linda Durant on Jan. 16 as she prepares to leave Widener for a new position as founding vice president for development of CASE.

      Durant's contributions were recognized by the university last year when she was awarded the 2017 R. Kelso Carter Award, which honors an outstanding citizen, other than a graduate of Widener, whose acts or accomplishments brought great honor to the university. Durant elevated Widener's reputation among other institutions by serving as conference chair and chair of the board of directors for CASE District II. She is the recipient of the 2015 CASE Professional of the Year Award and has volunteered with CASE for more than 20 years.

      Leadership is one of the core values of Widener University, and Durant modeled and practiced the very best characteristics of leadership every day. She was honored by many university faculty, staff and trustees at a reception on Jan. 16.

      As of Jan. 29, Chief of Staff Katie Herschede is serving as the interim vice president for Advancement, while the university undertakes a search to fill the position.


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