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On May 13, Widener University, Chester, PA, held an inauguration celebration for its 10th president, Baldwin alumna Dr. Julie Wollman '77. Dr. Wollman was named president back in October after being selected unanimously by the board of trustees at a special meeting, making her the university’s first female president. She assumed her new role in January.
She credits Baldwin with instilling the conviction that girls and women could overcome societal expectations and norms and be leaders, saying "My Baldwin education provided me with the belief that I could do anything I wanted to and with the experiences, knowledge and skills to do it!"
After she graduated from Baldwin, Dr. Wollman went on to Harvard University where she majored in English and American literature and language and minored in French. She then earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctor of philosophy in education from New York University.
Prior to her appointment at Widener, Dr. Wollman had served as the first female president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. There she introduced a campus-wide President’s Listening Initiative, an inclusive and successful process that resulted in an updated mission, values and strategic plan, focused on academic excellence, faculty and staff development and high impact learning practices for all undergraduate students. Dr. Wollman also established Porreco College, a highly successful satellite campus, offering associate degrees targeted to meet the needs of Erie’s urban population.
Previously, Dr. Wollman served as vice president for academic affairs at Wheelock College in Boston. Before that, she was vice president for academic affairs at Worcester State University, and dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College, where she also co-directed the doctoral program and held the rank of full professor.