Dr. Anne Skleder joined Wilkes University in June 2014, bringing with her more than two decades of experience in higher education. Prior to her appointment at the University, she had served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa. Past leadership and administrative roles include serving as dean of Chatham College for Women at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and numerous positions at Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., 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.
At Wilkes, Dr. Skleder is responsible for leading the University’s academic programs and initiatives, working with the deans of its academic schools and colleges and its faculty, as well as the staff colleagues in the areas of library and technology, sponsored programs and grant support,first-year programs, and information analysis and planning, international outreach, and the registrar. She also has a major role in implementing initiatives outlined in its strategic plan.
Dr. Skleder has experience in strategic planning, accreditation, assessment of student learning, academic program development at all levels, retention, developing educational partnerships to serve students, and community-based learning. She has presented nationally and internationally and published on a wide variety of these topics and in her discipline of social psychology. Dr. Skleder has traveled extensively, and has worked with the Council of International Educational Exchange and the State Department to create opportunities for student and faculty exchanges, including multiple Fulbright Visiting Scholars. Over the past 20 years, she has served as a team chair and reviewer for other institutions through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, has conducted reviews of discipline-specific programs, and has served on not-for-profit boards of directors and community groups, including the leadership development program Leadership Berks.
Dr. Skleder received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating as a University Scholar, and her master’s degree and doctorate in social and organizational psychology from Temple University. She completed Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.