In her role as associate dean, Dr. Weidensaul oversees the following:
- Center for Academic Success
- Center City Student Affairs
- LGBTQA Student Center
- Office of International Students and Scholar Services
- Student Center for Inclusion & Culture
- Spiritual and Religious Life
- Office of Veteran Student Services
Her Feb. 2011 appointment in Student Affairs brought to a close nearly two decades of leadership in the Athletics department at Drexel University. Prior to her tenure in Athletics, Weidensaul worked in Undergraduate Admissions with a designated position as liaison with the men’s and women’s Athletics departments; she also served as the University’s point of contact for NCAA initial eligibility prior to the establishment of the NCAA Clearing House. Dr. Weidensaul came to Athletics with the purpose of establishing the University’s first NCAA Compliance office and comprehensive academic and support services program for student-athletes. It was her vision that division I student-athletes should have every opportunity to be scholars and athletes. This vision predicated the development of the ACHIEVE Center, a dedicated space for the delivery of academic and support services for student-athletes.
The ACHIEVE Center became a frequented place in the Daskalakis Athletic Center for student-athletes to study, receive tutoring, academic advising and participate in leadership and life skills programs. Twelve academic all-americans passed through this infrastructure under Weidensaul’s supervision, and she often stated “…at Drexel University, the student in student-athlete, really does come first.” Under Weidensaul’s leadership as Associate Athletic Director, the graduation rate among student-athletes was consistently higher than the University’s average (91% 10-year average) and the GPA of all student-athletes was a cumulative 3.18 in her last year.
In addition, Weidensaul worked closely with the NCAA in development of what is now known as the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, an educational initiative to serve as the foundation for the NCAA’s most recent campaign that student-athletes “go pro” in more than just sports. Dr. Weidensaul became a national leader and served on many CAA and NCAA committees. She was appointed to the NCAA’s CHAMPS/Life Skills National Advisory Board and served for nearly a decade. She participated in a variety of student affairs related panels and summits, bringing expertise on the area of academic services and student development in student-athlete populations. Weidensaul has been a facilitator for several NCAA National Student-Athlete Leadership conferences, NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Continuing Education conferences and as a general assembly panelist at the annual NCAA National Convention in 2007.
While in Athletics, Dr. Weidensaul also used her organizational and competitive skills to work closely with the American Red Cross and the Drexel University community to create several of the biggest one-day blood drives in the region. The success of the Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge at Drexel not only led to five consecutive CAA Blood Drive Challenge “championships,” but also led to the collection of over 1,000 pints of usable blood in one day, thus saving thousands of lives. As a result of her commitment, Dr. Weidensaul served on the Board of Directors of the Penn-Jersey American Red Cross for several years.
In her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Weidensaul works with her talented team to support several sub-populations within the student body, assessing and championing their specific needs to develop comprehensive resources and services to ensure student success. During her first three years, Dr. Weidensaul worked on several key initiatives to support unprecedented growth in the international student population, student-veterans and LGBTQA interest groups. In fall of 2011, Weidensaul orchestrated the opening of the University’s first Veteran’s Lounge on the auspicious date 11-11-11 and in the fall of 2013, cut the ribbon at the opening of the University’s first LGBTQA Student Center under the direction of the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture.
In 2012, Weidensaul, assumed oversight of Student Affairs for the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP), located in Center City. CNHP is the University’s largest college and models a brand of student affairs where academic achievement, career readiness and service seamlessly intersect and are simultaneously nurtured and supported. And, under Weidensaul’s leadership, the Office of International Students and Scholars Services continues to provide high quality immigration services and regulation compliance education while participating in an unprecedented number of student retention initiatives with campus partners. Presently, Dr. Weidensaul is participating in the planning of a new Intercultural Center on campus, attending to the spiritual and religious practices of students and maximizing the opportunities for students to engage in cultural exchanges that build a welcoming, inclusive, respectful and engaging campus community.
Dr. Weidensaul is a graduate of Gettysburg College and earned two degrees at Drexel University (Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and Goodwin School of Education). In 2001, Weidensaul completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies at Drexel with her research focus on “Creativity as a Life Skill." In 2006, she was the recipient of the American Creativity Association’s Torrance Graduate Student Research Award. Throughout her years at Drexel, she had taught numerous courses on leadership, creativity, life skills and currently has an appointment in the Goodwin College as an Adjunct Associate Professor. Presently, she serves on the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network and is actively developing a regional consortium for professionals who support college veterans.