On December 17, 2018, Holy Family University announced the appointment of Abigail Wernicki, PhD, as Vice President for Student Affairs.
Dr. Wernicki has over 10 years of experience as an undergraduate instructor and holds a PhD in Theological and Philosophical Studies from Drew University in Madison, NJ. In addition, she has combined experience in graduate and undergraduate enrollment management, communications and marketing, and program development.
Her leadership roles in higher education include Director of Admissions and Enrollment Services at Reading Area Community College, as well as Director of Graduate Admissions at DeSales University.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Abigail Wernicki to Holy Family University, where she will serve as Vice President for Student Affairs,” said President Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD. “Abigail brings a variety of experiences that will benefit various constituents across campus and we look forward to her making an impact for our students.”
Wernicki graduated with a BA in Philosophy from Randolph College (formerly Randolph-Macon Woman’s College) in Lynchburg, VA; an MA in Theological & Philosophical Studies from Drew University, in Madison, NJ; and a PhD in Theological & Philosophical Studies, also from Drew University.
She has served as an adjunct instructor at various institutions since 2007, teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Love & Friendship, and Problems of Philosophy at Alvernia University; Introduction to Ethics, The Great Thinkers, and World Religions at Peirce College; and Honors Ethics, Introduction to Ethics, and Introduction to Philosophy at Reading Area Community College.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Holy Family University family, not only because I believe in the mission of the University, but also because of the talented community of faculty and staff who I will have the privilege of working alongside in service of that mission,” Wernicki said. “From my initial conversations with Sister Maureen and senior administration, to the interactions I have had during my first few days on campus, I have witnessed a genuine commitment to student success, as well as an openness to new ideas and creative thinking. I hope to bring some new creative vision to Student Affairs, which will align with the mission of the University, and leverage the momentum of the great work that is already underway in the division.”