Edinboro University’s President Dr. Julie E. Wollman announced her resignation on Nov. 3 via email to the student body and staff.
Wollman has accepted a position to become President of Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
The board of trustees at Widener University selected Wollman “unanimously” on Oct. 30, according to their website.
According to a press release from the university, Widener is a private institution for students and campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, along with Wilmington, Delaware.
Compared to Edinboro, Widener is a slightly smaller university, as enrollment sits around 6,000 students compared to Edinboro’s 6,550.
According to an email sent by Jeff Hileman, director of communications for Edinboro, in the coming days, Chancellor Brogan will be conferring with Guido Pichini, chair of the Board of Governors (BOG) and Dennis Frampton, chair of the Edinboro University Council of Trustees, to determine whether an interim or acting president will be named. An interim president would lead the university for a longer period, such as if the search for the next president is expected to take an extended amount of time, and would need to be confirmed by the BOG.
If the chancellor decides an acting president would be suitable in this case, the duties of the president would be performed by the individual identified as next in line in the university’s succession plan until a new permanent president is appointed by the BOG. The next in line to President Wollman is Provost Michael Hannan.
“Julie Wollman brings tremendous expertise to Widener University, having more than 25 years of experience in higher education with a deep commitment to providing a liberal arts and professional education of the highest caliber,” said General John Tilleli, chair of the board of trustees, on their website.
“The fact that I was actively recruited for the position at Widener speaks well for the reputation of Edinboro; this is a remarkable university,” said Wollman in her email. “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 four years.”
Edinboro University has seen several changes in the president of the university since former university president Dr. Frank G. Pogue’s departure from the campus in 2007. Pogue served as Edinboro’s president for 11 years, from 1996 to 2007.
Currently, Pogue serves as the president of Cheyney University, another PASSHE school. After Pogue, Edinboro received a new president in Dr. Jeremy D. Brown, who served in the position until his resignation in 2011. Brown has since cut ties with Dowling College, in Long Island in 2012, and with Portland Community College, in Portland Oregon in 2015. While in search for a replacement for Brown, Dr. James D. Moran III served as Edinboro’s interim president in 2011 until 2012 when Wollman was named the 17th president of the university. Moran currently serves as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota. President Wollman has served as Edinboro’s president for over three years since taking the position in June of 2012.
“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,” continued Wollman. “Over the next two months I look forward to continuing my work here and making sure Edinboro is well positioned for the leadership transition.”
Make sure to keep a look out for next week’s issue of The Spectator, which will have a full feature on President Wollman and her departure.
Logan Lilly is the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectator. Karlee Dies is the News Editor of The Spectator and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.