EDINBORO, Pa. – Dr. Julie E. Wollman, the first woman named president of Edinboro University, officially takes the helm Friday as the storied institution’s 17th president.
President Wollman, appointed to the position at the conclusion of a national search in December, succeeds Dr. James Moran, who was appointed interim president of Edinboro University last June.
Wollman was selected to become Edinboro’s president by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
In announcing her appointment in December, Board of Governors Chairman Guido M. Pichini said, “Dr. Wollman has a long and impressive record in higher education, including in several key administrative positions. We are confident she will provide excellent leadership to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania as we move forward in these challenging times.”
Edinboro’s new leader served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wheelock College for four years. There, she was responsible for overseeing the college’s academic programs, both on and off campus, including international programs. She also has been involved both in fundraising, helping to boost the college’s grant funding from $300,000 to more than $4.3 million, and in the establishment of multiple community partnerships to help expand program options and recruit new students. These partnerships included creative pathways toward master’s degrees in health care and an anticipated joint doctoral program with a sister institution—a first for the college.
Since being named Edinboro’s president, Dr. Wollman visited the Edinboro campus a number of times, meeting with Interim President Moran , members of the president’s administrative team, and also with faculty, staff and students. Her stated commitment is to provide energetic leadership during challenging times for higher education.
Dr. Wollman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature and language with a minor in French from Harvard University in 1981. She has a Master of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree in elementary education from New York University. She also attended the Institute for Education Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her academic career as a social studies teacher and curriculum coordinator at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa.
Additionally, she was a teacher at Ethical Culture School in New York City for three years, during which time she also served as a research assistant at New York University. She later worked as a professional development facilitator at the New York Coalition Center for Education Leadership and, in 1989, was hired as an instructor at both New York University and Pace University. She was hired as a professor of elementary education at Rhode Island College in 1992 and spent nearly 15 years at the college, including three years as Dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.
Dr. Wollman was named vice president for academic affairs at Worcester State College in Worcester, Mass, in 2007, where she was responsible for overseeing academic programming. She also led the college’s strategic planning efforts, established an online scholarly journal and redesigned the college’s program review process.
Over the years, she has written numerous articles that have been published in academic journals and has written two books on teaching writing and literature.
Dr. Wollman is an institutional representative to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Council of Undergraduate Research and American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, among other professional associations, and has worked with numerous community organizations.
President Wollman is married to Dr. Dan L. King, the Provost of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and the Executive Director of the American Association of University Administrators, a national professional organization. She has two daughters. Sara Bonilla, 21, a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, and Rosa Bonilla, 17, a senior in high school.
Interim President Moran, meanwhile, will return to his duties in Harrisburg as PASSHE’s Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs in the Office of the Chancellor.
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1857 as the former Edinboro Academy. Since that time, it has had 16 previous leaders.
Edinboro enrolls nearly 8,300 students and has approximately 400 full- and part-time faculty, more than 400 staff, and offers more than 100 degree programs.