Chester, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) August 15, 2012
The trustees of Widener University will extend the contract of President James T. Harris III for another five years beyond its current expiration date. The contract extension was announced by Board of Trustees Chairman Nicholas Trainer today and will extend Dr. Harris’s role as president through June 30, 2017.
“President Harris’s strong and inspiring vision for Widener University to become a leading metropolitan institution is matched only by his approach to lead us toward a future in which our university is recognized as one of the most dynamic and civically committed universities in the country,” said Trainer. “The trustees are confident that Dr. Harris is the best president for Widener University at this time in our history and delighted he has agreed to this extension.”
Named to the position in 2002, Harris is only the ninth president in the 191-year history of Widener University. During his tenure, Widener University has increased its student population to reach record undergraduate enrollment numbers, enhanced its commitment to students and faculty through advanced educational studies and nationally accredited programs, and received national recognition for its leadership in civic engagement. Highlights of President Harris’s work at Widener include:
“I am sincerely grateful to my colleagues at Widener for all that we have accomplished over the past decade. I am especially thankful for the continued support of the Board of Trustees and am humbled in their confidence that together we can continue to move our institution forward,” said Harris. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve as president of Widener University, and I look forward to the opportunities for our university to become an even more exceptional learning environment for all of our students.”
In addition to serving as Widener’s president, Dr. Harris is the current chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, the vice chair of the National Board of Campus Compact, and the vice president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Since 2002, he has been a member of the faculty of the Management Development program and the Management in Leadership Education program at Harvard University. In 2011, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) presented President Harris with the Chief Executive Leadership Award (District II). He co-authored Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education, which will be published this fall by Stylus Publishing.
Dr. Harris earned degrees from the University of Toledo, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his arrival at Widener, Dr. Harris served eight years as president of Defiance College in Ohio.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington, DE, serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university's website, http://www.widener.edu, for more information.