SUNY Orange Alumna, Former Professor and Administrator, Assumes Central Penn's Top Post

PHOTO: Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-WilliamsSUMMERDALE, Pa., May 31 – Following a unanimous vote by the Central Penn College board of directors, Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, Ed.D., was named the 10th president of Central Penn College. She joined the college in July 2016 as provost/vice president of Academic Affairs and has been serving as interim co-president for the past nine months.

Throughout Fedrizzi-Williams’ 13 years of higher education experience, she has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, progressive administration-faculty partnerships and positive student outcomes.

“I am looking forward to leading Central Penn College and building on the school’s history of educating the future leaders of tomorrow,” said Fedrizzi-Williams.

In her former role 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 holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, in communication and organizational communication, respectively. She earned her doctorate in education from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

“Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams has been an integral part of Central Penn College for the past two years, and we believe she is the best choice to lead the school in the upcoming years,” said Dr. Carol Wilson Spigner, chair, Central Penn College board of directors. “Her vision, her inclusive leadership style, and her sure-handed grasp of the challenges that the college faces in the immediate and long-term future all led to the board’s unanimous selection.”

“I plan to hit the ground running,” said Fedrizzi-Williams. “I believe Central Penn College has a great future providing the career-focused education that students in Pennsylvania and beyond are looking for.”

The announcement came after a nine-month national search that resulted in a diverse pool of highly competitive candidates. The search included college community feedback.

“After extensive interviews with the search committee and meetings with faculty, staff and students, it was quite apparent that Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams is an excellent fit for Central Penn,” says Spigner. “She has been doing a superior job as co-president. She has an in-depth understanding of Central Penn’s mission, and we believe she’ll be an incredible advocate for the college.”

Fedrizzi-Williams officially begins her duties as Central Penn College president on June 18.


Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, Ed. D., is the 10th president of Central Penn College. Prior to her appointment on June 18, 2018, she served as Interim Co-President for nine months, and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost since July, 2016. Since joining the Central Penn family, Fedrizzi-Williams’ focus has been on improving the Student Learning Experience both inside and outside of the classroom; supporting students both academically and personally is a top priority for her. Over the past year, she has revised the Mission, Vision, and Values for the College, developed a Strategic Plan, and added additional student and faculty support including a Centralized Advising Center, a Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Learning Center. Under her leadership, the College has seen a 9% increase in student retention in one year’s time.

Fedrizzi-Williams has 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 her position at Central Penn, Dr. Fedrizzi-Williams served as Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts at SUNY Orange in Middletown NY where she secured funding for a new, state-of-the-art television studio for the Arts & Communication Department, developed a New Media Program, created seven new courses, and worked with a team on Title III Grant funding to provide targeted messages for at risk student populations. She also served 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 New York.

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