Welcoming a New Dean

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David Leaman
Widener University welcomes Dr. David E. Leaman as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Widener University has named Dr. David E. Leaman as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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. Leaman to Widener University. He will assume his new positions on July 1, 2018.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Leaman to Widener University,” said President Julie Wollman. “His strong background and extensive experience makes him an excellent choice to lead the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a dedicated, proven leader who will enhance the Widener community and further our strong commitment to academic excellence, student engagement, diversity and global perspectives and career preparation.”

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."

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