April 14, 2022

WCU Announces the Most Influential Women of West Chester University, Honoring 150th Anniversary

(L to R Top) Ruby Jones, Dr. Madeleine Wing Adler, Dr. R. Lorraine Bernotsky, (L to R Bottom) Dr. Bessie Lawton, Dr. Susan R. Fiorentino, ESQ., Dr. Angela ClarkeIn honor of WCU’s sesquicentennial, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women has released a list of the 150 Most Influential Women of West Chester University. Representing a mere snapshot of WCU’s 150 years, the women included have served the University as college deans, presidents, faculty, – staff, and alumnae. Many women on the list include community members who have excelled in their fields and continue to represent the University worldwide.    

After a community-wide call for nominations in 2021, the Commission received more than 350 nominations.

“With an outpouring of interest and nominations from our University community, the Commission’s Women’s Visibility Project Team took on the daunting task of creating this prestigious list,” says Women’s Commission Chair Juanita Wooten, student success coordinator for the Academic Success Program. “After careful consideration and research, we are proud to present our 150 honorees and hope their stories inspire greatness for the next 150 years of WCU.”

“The legacy of West Chester University would not be as strong without the women who helped shape it,” says West Chester University President Chris Fiorentino. “We would be remiss to spend a year celebrating our sesquicentennial without paying special tribute to the women who not only ensured we reached this milestone, but who continue to move us forward. I commend the Commission for their monumental efforts to create such a wonderful tribute to WCU.”

About President’s Commission on the Status of Women

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women serves as a central point of contact, connection, and advocacy. The Commission works to create a diverse forum of women faculty, staff, and students from across the university to fulfill its mission and advance the University’s efforts.    

Watch a tour and discussion of WCU’s longstanding Women’s and Gender Studies program.

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