Dr. Julie E. Wollman, the tenth president of Widener University, is a passionate, fearless, and effective advocate and leader in higher education.
Biography of Dr. Julie E. Wollman, President, Widener University
Dr. Julie E. Wollman is a passionate, fearless, and effective advocate and leader in higher education. She is the tenth president of Widener University, a role she assumed in January of 2016. Guided by a relentless pursuit of excellence, she has articulated a clear vision and distinct goals for the university focused on providing an unparalleled learning experience.
Leading with enthusiasm, authenticity, and a strong respect for others, Dr. Wollman is nationally recognized specifically for her commitment to building community and bringing people from varying perspectives together to engage in conversation. In 2017, Dr. Wollman launched Common Ground, an ongoing campus initiative designed to encourage reasoned, respectful discourse on challenging topics. The Common Ground project continues to garner national attention as a model for campus dialogue.
Dr. Wollman serves on the boards of local, regional, and national organizations, including the Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County, an economic development organization, where she serves as Board Vice-President; the Global Philadelphia Association; the Middle Atlantic Conference of the NCAA where she serves as Board Secretary; the Baldwin School; the American Association of University Administrators; and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, where she chairs the Regional College and University President’s Alliance.
As chair of the President’s Alliance, she has led a project to unite the many member institutions, in partnership with local business and industry leaders, to advocate for the value of higher education as a public good and an economic imperative to ensure a thriving region and strong, healthy communities.
Prior to joining Widener University, Dr. Wollman served as president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and she has held academic leadership positions at Wheelock College, Worcester State University, and Rhode Island College. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, her master of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctor of philosophy from New York University.
Dr. Wollman is a frequent commentator and dynamic speaker on education-related public policy issues, on higher education access and affordability, and on leadership, appearing regularly in print, online, and broadcast media outlets. She is the recipient of numerous teaching, academic, and professional awards and recognitions. She was named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a “2017 Women of Distinction” and one of its “People to Watch for 2018,” as well as one of Main Line Today magazine’s 2017 “Women on the Move.” In 2019 she was recognized as a prominent education leader by Authority Magazine.