Central Penn College’s 10th President
Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams
Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, Ed. D., became Central Penn College’s 10th president in June 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served as interim co-president for nine months and vice president for academic affairs and provost since July 2016.
During her time as provost, Fedrizzi-Williams provided leadership for all operations at the college and oversaw a $19 million budget. She managed all instruction and student support, including program development, personnel decisions, budget and resource allocation, strategic planning, and assessment for Academic Affairs and Student Services.
She also spearheaded the efforts to revise the college’s Mission, Vision and Values, develop a Strategic Plan, and increase student and faculty support through a centralized Advising Center, expanded Learning Center and a Center for Teaching Excellence.
Since joining the Central Penn family, she has been focused on improving the student learning experience inside and outside of the classroom. “Supporting students both academically and personally is critical to student success,” says Fedrizzi-Williams.
Earlier this year, Central Penn College became the first college or university in the capital region to provide free housing to all new students for their first academic year. “With this initiative, all incoming freshmen and transfer students––who choose to live on campus––will be eligible to receive free housing for the entire 2019–2020 academic year,” said Fedrizzi-Williams.
“For more than 100 years, Central Penn College has been a leader in providing affordable, career-focused education to students in this area and beyond. With our new Free Housing Initiative, we will continue to build on that great tradition,” said Fedrizzi-Williams
Background on Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams
Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams earned a doctorate of education from Benedictine University, a master of arts in Organizational Communication from Marist College, a bachelor of arts in Communication (TV/Radio/Film) from Marist College, and an associate of arts from SUNY Orange.
Prior to joining Central Penn, Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams served as associate vice president for Liberal Arts at SUNY Orange in Middletown, N.Y. Her accomplishments include:
- securing funding for a new, state-of-the-art television studio for the Arts & Communication Department
- developing a New Media Program, which featured seven new courses
- overseeing curriculum development, programmatic reviews and course scheduling across divisions
- also serving as an associate professor of communication during her time at the school
Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams was the executive producer and morning show co-host on a popular radio station in the Hudson Valley region of N.Y.