Wilkes University has selected Anne A. Skleder, Ph.D. as its provost and senior vice president. In this role, Skleder will be responsible for leading the University’s academic programs and initiatives, working with the deans of its five academic schools and colleges and its faculty. She also will have a major role in implementing initiatives outlined in its strategic plan. She will join Wilkes in June 2014.
Skleder comes to Wilkes from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., where she has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology since July 2010.
In announcing the appointment, Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy cited Skleder’s more than two decades of higher education experience. “Dr. Skleder is a dedicated and extremely knowledgeable member of the higher education community who has had many years of successful experiences as an academic leader,” Leahy said. “She embraces Wilkes' unique mentoring culture and our belief in the benefits of a liberal arts education. I am very pleased to have someone of Dr. Skleder's caliber join me as the senior member of my administrative team and as someone who will help lead the implementation of our ambitious strategic plan.”
Skleder was selected for the position following a national search. “I am very excited to join the Wilkes community, clearly a dedicated and vibrant university focused on student success. It will be an honor to serve as the new provost,” Skleder said.
Before joining Cabrini, Skleder was dean of Chatham College for Women at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She also served Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., in a number of administrative positions, including vice provost, associate vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management, department chair of psychology, director of the Honors Program, and founding director of the Center for Community Engagement.
Skleder received her doctorate and master’s degree in social and organizational psychology from Temple University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Named one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing. For more information, visit www.wilkes.edu