Scalise-Smith, who currently serves as dean of the College of Health Professions at Northern Kentucky University, will begin her new position in August.
As provost, Scalise-Smith will be the chief academic officer across the university, which encompasses programs on the main campus in Chester, Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, 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 as a vibrant, thriving university that delivers high-quality academic programs across a diverse range of fields and platforms.
As a dean at NKU, Scalise-Smith has served as the chief academic, financial, and strategic operations administrator of the College of Health Professions since 2015. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years at Utica College in central New York, where she started as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.
She moved up to serve as dean of the School of Health Professions and Education, followed by vice president of external programs and partnerships, and finally vice president of the School for Online & Extended Studies and External Partnerships.
“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.”
Scalise-Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, a master’s degree and Ph.D. from North Carolina, and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Utica College.