Widener University announces new provost

Widener University President Julie E. Wollman today announced the appointment of Dr. Dale Scalise-Smith as the next provost of the university.

Scalise-Smith, who currently serves as dean of the College of Health Professions at Northern Kentucky University, will begin her new position in August. Her appointment fills the vacancy created by the departure of Stephen Wilhite, who announced in February he would step down as provost to return to the faculty. As provost, Scalise-Smith will be the chief academic officer

As provost, Scalise-Smith will be the chief academic officer of the university, which encompasses programs on the main campus in Chester, Pa., Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pa., and Delaware Law School in Wilmington.

She will be a central figure in implementing the university’s strategic plan, and play a key role in Widener’s continued evolution, according to university officials. “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Scalise-Smith to Widener,” Wollman said. “Throughout her

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Scalise-Smith to Widener,” Wollman said. “Throughout her career, she has been recognized as a strong and tireless team player, and a leader in her field and in the community. She has served in vital capacities at her previous institutions and is seen as someone who leads by example with hard work, passion and transparency. I know Widener will continue to achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, with the success of our students as the top priority, under her leadership.”

As a dean at Northern Kentucky University, Scalise-Smith has served as the chief academic, financial and strategic operations administrator of the College of Health Professions since 2015. Scalise-Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Utica College.

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