Dr. Cherita Weatherspoon Named Executive Director of University College at Cheyney University

Contact: Public Relations Director

Gwen Owens, 610 399-2121 gowens@cheyney.edu  or

Pam Carter, 610 399-2515 pcarter@cheyney.edu


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dr. Cherita Weatherspoon Named Executive Director of University College at Cheyney University


CHEYNEY, PA. – Cheyney University recently welcomed Dr. Cherita Weatherspoon as the Executive Director of University College. Weatherspoon is no stranger to CU. In 1996, Cheyney provided Dr. Weatherspoon with her first job as an admissions counselor. She was straight out of graduate school from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she received both a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

University College is a core support network of services provided under one umbrella for all students on Cheyney’s main campus. The services are targeted to support first and second year students in a streamlined process that provides counseling, academic advising, peer mentoring, and other resources. Additional information can be found at www.cheyney.edu/universitycollege/index.cfm.

Dr. Weatherspoon is a higher education professional with over 15 years of experience in administration, student support, and program development and management. She has worked at several community colleges and universities throughout the Pennsylvania region. She is the author of “Community College Leadership Defined: Identifying, Developing and Assessing the Competencies Necessary for Leadership Success in the 21st Century (2010)” and contributing author in “The Gratitude Book Project: Celebrating Moms & Motherhood (2011).

Weatherspoon, who received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Delaware State University in 2009, is a 1990 graduate of nearby Chester High School.  She considers herself to be the poster child for state school education. She provides a clear example of how one can overcome obstacles and become successful despite humble beginnings. She is both a role model and a leader.

A liberal arts university, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania hosts signature programs such as the Keystone Honors Academy, the Call Me Mister teaching program, the Aquaculture Research and Teaching Laboratory and the accredited Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program. Recognized as the first institution for higher learning for African Americans, Cheyney University has been educating students for more than 176 years.  The University offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at two locations, Cheyney and Philadelphia, PA – Center City.  For more information, please visit the website at http://www.cheyney.edu.

For more information on this and other events, please contact Gwen Owens, Director of Public Relations, 610-399-2121 or via email at gowens@cheyney.edu.


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