Ambler Dean Sophia Wisniewska leaving to become chancellor of Penn State Delaware County
Temple University Ambler Dean Sophia Wisniewska has announced that she will become chancellor of Penn State’s Delaware County Campus effective July 11. Currently dean and campus executive officer of Temple Ambler, Wisniewska previously spent 21 years at Penn State.
“We congratulate Dean Sophia T. Wisniewska and wish her well in her new role as chancellor of the Penn State Delaware County campus,” President David Adamany and Provost Ira Schwartz said in a joint statement. “We have great appreciation and admiration for her outstanding performance as Temple’s leader in Ambler.
“Penn State has made a strong choice. In fact, Dean Wisniewska had served two decades in strategic planning roles at Penn State prior to becoming dean of Temple’s Ambler Campus in 1999, so this is a homecoming of sorts for her.
“Under Dean Wisniewska’s leadership, Temple’s Ambler campus became the University’s 17th degree-granting college, the Center for Sustainable Communities and the department of community and regional planning were established, construction began on a high-tech, $18 million learning center, a strong and committed Board of Visitors was formed, and the campus was designated an arboretum, which is open to the public as an educational and scientific resource and treasure.
“In 2000, thanks to her efforts to strengthen ties between the University and the surrounding communities, Dean Wisniewska received the Public Service award at the March of Dimes 2000 Salute to Montgomery County Women of Achievement.
“Dean Wisniewska will be missed by all of us at Temple, but we are proud of her record of achievement at Ambler and we wish her great success in her new role. We expect to appoint an interim successor soon.”