D.R. Widder is currently the Vice President of Innovation at Babson College. Prior to this, Widder served as the Vice President of Innovation at Thomas Jefferson University from January 2010 to July 2019. In this role, Widder was responsible for driving innovation and cultivating industry partnerships on behalf of the university. Widder also governed a $10M budget to run Online Education, the School of Continuing Professional Studies, Industry Engagement, the Entrepreneurship Center, and key partnerships.
During Widder's time at Thomas Jefferson University, they made significant contributions to the university's growth and development. Widder was responsible for the implementation of 15 online programs which generated $16M in revenue and represented 9% of the university's total enrollment. Widder also led the turnaround of the struggling School of Continuing Professional Studies which is now experiencing high growth.
In addition, Widder conceptualized and implemented several innovative programs that have received national recognition. Widder spearheaded the creation of the Nexus Innovation program which was recognized as the most innovative and entrepreneurial nationwide by the University Economic Development Association (UEDA). Widder also identified the need for and raised funds to create Jefferson's Entrepreneurship Center, which is backed by a Blackstone grant. Another notable program created by Widder is the Academy for Government Innovation, a ground-breaking program that was awarded with national Innovation of the Year in government.
Widder's core competencies include business development, entrepreneurial vision and leadership, innovation, program conceptualization and implementation, strategic partnerships, relationship cultivation, transformational change, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and dynamic leadership.
D.R. Widder has a Master of Business Administration from Babson College, a Certificate in Leading People At Work: Strategies for Talent Analytics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Some of their coworkers include Lawrence P. Ward - Vice President for Learner Success & Dean of Campus Life, Katherine Craven - Chief Administrative & Financial Officer, and Kelly Lynch - Chief Operating Officer. D.R. Widder reports to Stephen Spinelli Jr., President.
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