March 19, 2019
Tom Phillips and Charlotte Harris partnered with The Holy Family University on the search for its Vice President for Student Affairs.
Abigail Wernicki is an experienced leader and educator, with a diverse background in higher education administration, teaching, marketing and communications. Her areas of expertise include enrollment management, strategic planning, and international student affairs, and she has over ten years of experience teaching undergraduate courses in the humanities. Abigail’s experience in the corporate sector includes continuing medical education management, marketing, and program development.
Abigail holds a PhD in Theological and Philosophical Studies from Drew University. Her primary scholarly interests include the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, aesthetics, and religious naturalism. She recently contributed a chapter to the Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism (2018), entitled “The Sublime as Sacred: Reading Schopenhauer as a Religious Naturalist.”
Most recently, Abigail served as director of admissions and enrollment services at Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pennsylvania, the state’s only officially designated Hispanic Serving Institution. While there, Abigail completed the Presidents’ Leadership Institute, and also served as the college’s Institutional Representative for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network (PA ACE). Prior to this position, Abigail was director of graduate admissions for DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Her chief responsibilities included strategic enrollment management of six master’s programs and three doctoral programs, including the university’s nationally ranked Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. While at DeSales, Abigail completed the Pennsylvania State University Academic Leadership Academy.
Before making the move to higher education administration, Abigail was managing director for medical education and program development at Bryn Mawr Communications Group, LLC, in Wayne, Pennsylvania. In this role, she managed the production and promotion of international educational symposia, events, and sponsored programs.
Abigail will join Holy Family University as Vice President for Student Affairs, where she will oversee undergraduate admissions, financial aid, student life, and athletics.