Katie Herschede

Katie Herschede, EdD

  • Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
  • Chief of Staff


  • EdD, Educational Leadership (2015)
    Northern Kentucky University (KY)
  • MEd, Higher Education and Student Affairs (2006)
    University of South Carolina (SC)
  • BS, Business Management (2004)
    Northern Kentucky University (KY)

About Me

As vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff, I work directly with the president on a wide range of strategic initiatives. I provide leadership in a number of dimensions including university-wide strategy development, community relations, government relations, and provide comprehensive support for the Office of the President and the Board of Trustees. 

I represent the interests of the President and University to various internal and external constituencies.

I am a past chair of the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Board Professionals Leadership Group and serve on AGB’s Council of Board Professionals. 

I proudly joined the Widener University community in 2016.


  • Torch Award, Northern Kentucky University (2016)
  • Next Generation Leader Award, LEGACY (2012)
  • Robert G. Thurber Award, University of South Carolina (2005)


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