The current Edinboro University president, Dr. Julie E. Wollman, has announced her resignation from the position, as she'll be leaving Edinboro on Jan. 18, 2016 to become the president at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. The email announcing her resignation can be seen below:
"Dear Members of the Edinboro University Campus Community,
I am writing to inform you that today I submitted my resignation from Edinboro University effective January 18, 2016. You will undoubtedly soon hear about my upcoming move to become President of Widener University in Chester, PA. The fact that I was actively recruited for the position at Widener speaks well for the reputation of Edinboro; this is a remarkable university. I leave here with mixed feelings-- excited about the opportunities at Widener but saddened by the fact that I’ll be leaving many good friends and colleagues at an institution I love and have been honored to serve for nearly 4 years. It has truly been a privilege to work with all of you and I know Edinboro will continue to achieve many accolades and successes going forward.
Edinboro and each of you will always command my deep respect and affection and I am grateful for your support and enthusiasm for the University. Over the next two months I look forward to continuing my work here and making sure Edinboro is well positioned for the leadership transition.
With warm regards,
Wollman was inagurated as the university's 17th president on Nov. 9, 2012. She was the first female president in Edinboro University history. Wollman is taking over at Widener for interim president Steven C. Wilhite, who has been in the position since August 2015.
According to the official press release from Widener, they cited "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," along with the launch of Porecco College, as reasons for the hiring.
Wollman explained to her new home that “The opportunity to lead Widener, which is one of nation’s leading metropolitan universities, is particularly significant to me. I am looking forward to strengthening the manner in which Widener can serve the needs of the metropolitan area in meaningful and mutually rewarding ways.”
Wollman is a Philadelphia native, which is only a 25-minute drive down Interstate 95 from the campus.