Widener president Julie Wollman is determined to turn the university into a game-changing institution of higher education, writes Michelle Caffrey for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
From the moment she took over two years ago, Wollman has been working toward making Widener a leader in the more intangible aspects of education. These include building leadership skills and encouraging dialogue on social issues.
Enrollment has risen, and Wollman has also helped Widener set up programs that support the school’s new mission.
The biggest of these is Common Ground, an initiative that aims to cut through students’ highly charged, political opinions to foster meaningful discussions on the future.
“We will not be able to move forward if we are not able to find common ground.” she said.
The initiative has already led to a panel discussion on the First Amendment, followed by students breaking out into groups to discuss the issue. Wollman believes this could be a model for national discussions.
“Julie Wollman is one of the most visionary and impressive educational leaders in the country,” said Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center.
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