Widener University seeks a creative, innovative, and collegial leader to serve as Provost of this leading metropolitan university just outside Philadelphia. As a key member of the President’s four-person leadership team, the Provost will have the opportunity to oversee academic and student affairs across three campuses in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Provost will also lead and advocate for Widener’s approximately 280 full-time instructional faculty and a staff of 204, and oversee a budget of approximately $74.3 million.

Widener’s commitment to academic excellence, career preparation, and civic engagement is reflected in its diverse array of academic programs, which range from the arts and sciences to law, nursing, engineering, business, education, physical therapy, social work, and beyond. The historic core of the University is the traditional undergraduate student population based on the main campus near Philadelphia. Widener has built upon this foundation a robust collection of master’s and doctoral programs – both in person and online – which address the needs of the region while also reflecting the mission of the University. The Provost will play a leading role in facilitating the continued evolution of Widener as a vibrant and thriving University delivering high-quality academic programs across a diverse range of fields and platforms.                                                                                              

Reporting to President Julie E. Wollman who took office in January 2016, the Provost leads and advocates for 280 full-time instructional faculty across Widener’s eight schools. While the Provost oversees both academic and student affairs at Widener, s/he will find that the student affairs division is largely self-managing and requires minimal direct supervision. It will be important, however, for the Provost to embrace a holistic approach to student development and to model across both divisions a deep understanding of and commitment to student success. The new Provost will be pleased to discover that, despite Widener’s size and complexity, the campus culture places a high value on collegiality and civility.

The ideal candidate will bring a distinguished academic record that commands the respect of the academic community and merits appointment as a tenured full professor at Widener University. In addition to being an imaginative, collegial leader with a strong commitment to shared governance and faculty development, s/he will also bring an innovative and energetic approach to academic leadership and a passion for addressing the challenges facing higher education.


For best consideration, nominations, applications, and queries in confidence should be sent by April 1 to:

Sue May, Partner

Helen Pho, Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

Widener University is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment practices on any basis including sex, race, national origin or ethnicity, religion, disability, status as a veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or other protected status covered by federal, state or local law.